Event Title

T3-A: Does Group Work Preclude a Student's Individual Success: A Thermodynamic Case Study

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Bill France A

Start Date

5-3-2018 3:45 PM

Description

Thermodynamics I for undergraduates is primarily taught in the flipped class format at North Carolina State University. Most students in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department take the class as sophomores but approximately half of the enrolled students come from other engineering disciplines. Before class, students learn of concepts from videos. Students then discuss and apply those concepts to problems done in class in groups of three. The current study focuses on the knowledge obtained by students working in groups during class as compared to when those students work individually. There is value to learning effective skills for working with others and communicating ideas. One outcome of this course is to express to students the importance of being able to explain a problem’s solution both verbally and in an abbreviated report form. However, testing is done for individuals, and so the current research determines how well students are able to translate the success of the individual’s group to perform classwork to success on the individual’s test.

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Mar 5th, 3:45 PM

T3-A: Does Group Work Preclude a Student's Individual Success: A Thermodynamic Case Study

Bill France A

Thermodynamics I for undergraduates is primarily taught in the flipped class format at North Carolina State University. Most students in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department take the class as sophomores but approximately half of the enrolled students come from other engineering disciplines. Before class, students learn of concepts from videos. Students then discuss and apply those concepts to problems done in class in groups of three. The current study focuses on the knowledge obtained by students working in groups during class as compared to when those students work individually. There is value to learning effective skills for working with others and communicating ideas. One outcome of this course is to express to students the importance of being able to explain a problem’s solution both verbally and in an abbreviated report form. However, testing is done for individuals, and so the current research determines how well students are able to translate the success of the individual’s group to perform classwork to success on the individual’s test.