Promoting second-year engineering students' epistemic beliefs and real-world problem-solving abilities through case-based e-learning resources

Ikseon Choi, Yi-Chun Hong, David K. Gattie, Nadia Kellam, Melissa G. Gay, Lucas John Jensen, Hyojin Park, Youn Seok Lee

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Abstract

The purpose of this project is to design, develop, and validate a case-based e-learning module that promotes the development of second-year engineering students' epistemic beliefs as well as the development of their abilities to deal with real-world, ill-defined engineering problems. Thirty-one second-year engineering students vicariously experienced real-world problems through a case-based e-learning module that consists of four major phases: exploring situations, constructing reality, creating solutions, and reflecting on the product and the process. The changes of students' problem-solving skills as well as their epistemic growth were measured and analyzed. The results reveal that students' problem-solving performances were improved when they were guided through the four phases of learning activities in the module. However, their guided problem-solving abilities failed to transfer to solve another problem without guidance. With regard to their epistemic growth, no change was observed after their completion of the learning activities in the module. The implications of designing a case-based e-learning environment to develop students' problem-solving skills as well as to facilitate their epistemic growth are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Education
ISBN (Print)9780878232413
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2012Jun 13 2012

Other

Other119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX
Period6/10/126/13/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Choi, I., Hong, Y-C., Gattie, D. K., Kellam, N., Gay, M. G., Jensen, L. J., Park, H., & Lee, Y. S. (2012). Promoting second-year engineering students' epistemic beliefs and real-world problem-solving abilities through case-based e-learning resources. In 119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition American Society for Engineering Education.