Student-produced learning modules

~~~The goal is to improve retention rates~~~

This initiative is based on ongoing assessment activities in which critical freshman and sophomore-level courses will be identified . Students input will be sought to identify the hardest part of the key courses from a student perspective.

Improving retention rates is important to provide opportunities for students.  Analyses conducted as part of continuing departmental assessment activities have helped identify a handful of courses at the freshman and sophomore level that result in particularly high levels of poor grades.  Traditional methods including assigning the most skilled teachers have been tried and have failed to show dramatic improvement so alternative approaches are needed.  Research has shown that videos are a helpful tool to engage students with different learning styles beyond the textbook and traditional lecture.  They can also increase cognitive understanding of the concepts presented and thereby increase information retention. This method attempts to approach the issue from a learning-centric viewpoint.  IN previous semesters, student input was sought to identify the hardest parts of key courses from a student perspective, ones that seemed the most convoluted or abstract when presented in class.  These specific thorns in students’ sides were then tackled using a learning-centric approach.  The solution, under faculty supervision, has been to have high-performing students create low-cost Khan-Academy style archival-quality video learning modules specifically addressing those sub-topics.  Student learning-assistants are compensated via stipends.  Eight modules will be produced every year during the Award period at a cost of $250 per module.  The emphasis, just as it is in the Khan-Academy videos, has been on distilling the information down to basic building blocks in a conversational tone.

-Thermodynamics-

States and Properties

Video 1

Properties Part-1

Video 2

Fluids & States.

Video 3

Properties & State Functions

Video 4

Graphs & Tables of Property Values

Video 5

Properties, States &Interpolation

Video 6

States Properties - Capstone

-Enthalpy-

Enthalpy 1

Enthalpy 2

Enthalpy 3


Enthalpy 4

-Statics and Dynamics-

Video 1

2-D Vectors

Video 2

Vector Tutor Application

Video 3

Components of Vectors

Video 4

Adding and Subtracting Vectors

Last Updated: Jun 29, 2016