INCREASING ENGINEERING STUDENTS’ MOTIVATION BY USE OF PENCASTS AND PEER INSTRUCTION

Bjarne Schmidt

Abstract


DOI: 10.14684/intertech.13.2014.11-15

A pencast is a new audio-visual tool where the manufacturing of a hand-written note is recorded in real-time along with the instructor‟s vocal explanations. This computer file can be played (with sound) by the student, giving the impression of a small animated video. This paper presents a teaching strategy for an engineering dynamics course using pencasts and peer instruction in order to increase the students‟ motivation. A set of questionnaire was given to evaluate the students‟ perception of the different learning options. The study shows that the students found online pencasts very useful as a supplement to studying a traditional textbook. In addition, the implementation of an electronic audience response system to enhance active learning by peer instruction in combination with traditional lecturing was highly appreciated by the students. Finally, the study indicates that the proposed teaching strategy leads to increased motivation and engagement amongst students. Index Terms - Learning styles, active learning, pencasts, peer instruction, students‟satisfaction, engineering dynamics.


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