International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning (10 papers in press)
Statistical Analysis for Assessing Sample/Practice Exams in Undergraduate Engineering Education
by Mohammad Khasawneh
Abstract: The inclusion of practice exams in undergraduate engineering courses was assessed utilising survey results and the analysis of variance (ANOVA) tools. Data collected was from the survey completed by students and students grades spanning over two semesters one with implementing practice exams and the other without. Results based on survey indicated that there was a very strong consensus among students about the usefulness and validity of such course improvement. Furthermore, the statistical analysis results using the ANOVA and the independent samples t-test tools also showed a significant increase, on the 0.05 significance level (or 95% confidence level), in students academic procurement when utilising the practice exams technique. Therefore, it is recommended that sample exams be implemented in undergraduate engineering education to enhance students earnings and their learning experience.
Keywords: Highway Design; Geotechnical Engineering; Sample Exams; Practice Exams; Undergraduate; Engineering; Assessment; Survey; Statistics; ANOVA.
Multidisciplinary Collaboration: an Integrated and Practical Approach to the Teaching of Project Management
by Silvia Mazzetto
Abstract: This paper presents a practical approach to the teaching of applied project management in the form of a collaborative, multidisciplinary project involving the Departments of Architecture and Urban Planning (AUP) and Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) at Qatar University. The two courses, Construction and Project Management (ARCT 530 AUP) and Project Engineering (IENG 481 ISE), were running in the same semester, which made it possible to assemble multidisciplinary project teams that included students from both courses, and to share out the management and development roles between them. The primary objective was to simulate a real-world scenario that gave students the opportunity to address the problems arising out from typical situations of professional projects, such as collaboration and leadership within a team, organisation and tasks allocation, and the ability to manage the time pressure and meet deadlines. This approach brought the theoretical teaching of project management to be closer to its practical application and made it easier for the students to learn the techniques and tools commonly used in the professional setting.
Keywords: Practice Experience; Theoretical Approach; Collaborative Project; Management Process; Leadership Skills.
An exploratory study of discrimination toward contract faculty teaching in engineering colleges of the border area of Gurdaspur, India
by Vishal Mahajan, Darshan Kumar
Abstract: The tradition and practice of hiring contract labour have been common in many parts of India for the long time back. Although believed to be a monetary necessity, but it has been condemned on the ground that it creates employee exploitation. Though system cannot be abolished exploitation absolutely. In spite, the many harm linked to it, but the structure offers much essential employment to a considerable number of employees. This paper aimed to explore the feelings of contractual faculty towards administrative discrimination in engineering institutions in the border area of Gurdaspur district. In this article helps in finding the relationship between parameters like stress level of work, welfare services, pay satisfaction, provident fund facility, gratuity facility, professional with the satisfaction level of the contract faculty. The diagnosis of this study is that the technical institutions and private university in border area Gurdaspur need to understand the importance of feelings of contract faculty.
Keywords: Contractual Government Engineering Faculty; Private Faculty Job Satisfaction; Administrative discrimination; Gurdaspur District.
Satisfaction ranking of employers towards graduates from higher education institutions: An application of hybrid multiple criteria decision-making approach
by Mongkol Kittiyankajon
Abstract: Proper curriculum development is very important to higher education institutions (HEIs), and input from graduate users should be clearly identified. Thus, this study proposed hybrid multiple criteria decision-making (MCDM) to identify and rank employer satisfaction towards graduates from HEIs based on different weights of each graduate quality aspect. A case study of employer satisfaction ranking towards graduates from Industrial Management Department of Udonthani Rajabhat University (UDRU), Thailand was used to validate the effectiveness of the proposed method against the existing method. The results showed that the proposed method gave more reasonable ranking than the existing methods. Consequently, we recommend curriculum development utilise satisfaction levels and ranking results.
Keywords: Graduate employer satisfaction; MCDM; AHP; TOPSIS; Satisfaction ranking.
Special Issue on: New Developments in Lifelong Learning Environments
Edification in creation of Lattice Boltzmann models for materials science students
by Dmytro S. Svyetlichnyy, Alexander V. Perig, Łukasz Łach, Robert Straka, Andriy Svyetlichnyy
Abstract: Education of new engineers is accompanied with the presentation of novel technologies. Development and optimisation of technologies is impossible without student learning of new computational methods. Theoretical complexity of computational techniques makes self-learning an extra-long and not effective. This paper is an approach that helps student to understand the whole process of development and testing of a model. The technology of selective laser melting was chosen as a sample, and the Lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) was used as the main modelling tool. This paper provides practical instructions for creating the first model for a free-surface fluid flow, providing examples of desired results. Then, the paper presents some of students' results and achievements, and also compares the results received without and with the proposed learning approach. The instructions presented in this paper may be useful for beginners who are trying to self-learning LBM, because it describes operations in easily understandable language.
Keywords: Lattice Boltzmann method; LBM; additive layer manufacturing; ALM; free surface flow; computer-based education; engineering education.
Method for teaching students to make a simple geometric estimation of the macroscopic rotational modes of large deformations during pressure forming
by Alexander V. Perig
Abstract: This educational article is focused on a simple geometric explanation of basic concepts of large deformation theory in an undergraduate curriculum in materials pressure forming. The paper provides a unified original introduction to macroscopic rotation and rotational inhomogeneity concepts for technical students working with soft modelling materials in laboratory classes. The original author's approach to an engineering interpretation of theoretical and experimental laboratory research work uses only a simple geometric computational approach and does not involve calculus techniques. This mathematics-free explanation is easily understandable and appropriate for a wide community of technical students with any level of preliminary knowledge. The proposed novel educational approach is an interesting enhancement of existing materials curriculum for creative student-centred training of technical specialists both in metal forming and polymer pressure forming.
Keywords: engineering education; material forming education; materials science education; theoretical-experimental laboratory research work; initial circular gridlines; large deformation; macroscopic rotation; rotational inhomogeneity; plasticine models.
Development of a math learning system for high school students using the Java desktop platform
by Santoso Wibowo, Paul Moore, Michael Li
Abstract: This paper presents the development of a math learning system for high school math students. The development process involved the creation of the front-end graphical user interface and the back-end database, with both being implemented to near-commercial standard. The front-end consists of two main screens; a separate one each for the teacher and the student. The teacher's screen displays and allows the editing of all data in the database through the use of tables. The student is presented with all the math questions from the database on their screen in a structured form for the practice of math problems of various difficulty levels. Three types of final tests were performed to examine the effectiveness of math learning system. The results showed that the system is consistent and usable for learning math at high school.
Keywords: learning system; maths; Java platform; high school students.
A versatile and flexible e-assessment framework towards more authentic summative examinations in higher-education
by Laurent Moccozet, Omar Benkacem, Elma Berisha, Rita Trigo Trindade, Pierre-Yves Bürgi
Abstract: This article describes an infrastructure that is currently being deployed across a university to enable teachers to conduct online exams for their courses. We also investigate in this study how such a framework can open the way to more authentic assessments. Four related examination experiences using this assessment framework are described. The two first ones correspond to open book examinations on the university's computers, the third one corresponds to an examination involving the use of software on students' computers and the last one corresponds to an open book examination on students' computers. The performance of the students from one of the open book examinations on university's computers experiments is analysed to evaluate the impact of the online format compared to the paper format. The feedbacks of the students of the two bring your own device (BYOD) experiments are collected to assess their feelings regarding this specific technical configuration. The results provide significant and interesting indications for the development of summative e-assessment both for initial and continuing education in higher education. In particular, we discuss the directions to take to extend this environment to continuing education.
Keywords: authentic assessment; e-assessment; LMS; open book assessment; bring your own device; BYOD; virtual machine; VDI.
An evaluation of Shiraz University curriculum renewal process based on strategic approach of education for sustainable development
by Mehdi Mohammadi, Ghasem Salimi, Ana Ghasemian
Abstract: This paper attempts to report key findings from some inquiries into the curriculum renewal process (CRP) which is hereby undergoing at Shiraz University. The research investigates into implementing sustainability criteria in the curriculum renewal process of the undergraduate programs based on a strategic approach to curriculum renewal. The existing gaps in the curriculum renewal process that can help pedagogues to embed sustainability throughout their programs are also being studied. The study is based on a sequential explanation of descriptive explanation. A survey is used to measure the gaps in curriculum renewal process at Shiraz based on the Dasha-Hargroves (2013) helix model. Also, fundamental reasons that cause the gaps are explored using in-depth, face to face and thematic analysis method. The results showed that there are some significant discrepancies between the curriculum renewal process under study and the rapid curriculum renewal model.
Keywords: sustainable development; curriculum renewal process; CRP; rapid curriculum renewal; education for sustainable development; ESD.
Recent postdigital transformations of undergraduate learning processes in the study of multidisciplinary materials science
by Alexander V. Perig, Nikolai N. Golodenko, Oleksii V. Lapchenko, Violetta M. Skyrtach, Alexander A. Kostikov, Oleg V. Subotin
Abstract: The present educational paper is focused on the creative rethinking and improvement of undergraduate curriculum in multidisciplinary materials science and engineering through the authors-proposed formulation of a new pedagogical hypothesis concerning the functioning modes of a two-tiered mathematical model of student memory. The didactic novelty of this original article is supported by the development and student-friendly interpretation of an original phenomenological model for an applied mathematical description of a typical geometric shape of student memorisation curve and a simplified estimation of student learning dynamics based on the concepts of learning-forgetting theory. The physical meaning of the authors-proposed memory hypothesis and phenomenological learning model is shown through the introduction of an electrical scheme which illustrates the idea of a novel phenomenological model of student memory. The author-proposed original didactic approach substantially broadens and extends student ideas concerning practical possibilities of applied mathematical modelling of educational problems of learning and instruction.
Keywords: learning-forgetting theory; two-tiered student memory model; memorisation; phenomenological mathematical model of memory; electrical analogy; materials science education; engineering education; didactics.