The Engineering Learning Portal for Problem Solving: Experience in a Large Engineering Economy Class

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2004-01-01
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Jackman, John
Olafsson, Sigurdur
Ryan, Sarah
Ryan, Sarah
Jackman, John
Peters, Frank
Olafsson, Sigurdur
Peters, Frank
Huba, Mary
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In an effort to improve students' problem solving skills with information technology across the industrial engineering curriculum, we created an Internet based problem-solving environment. The module implemented for engineering economy presents a realistic problem that establishes connections with other courses. The design of the learning environment promotes metacognitive skill development by requiring students to explain each major problem solving action taken and to evaluate their own progress toward a solution. Experience in two successive semesters of a large introductory course indicates that information technology can be used effectively to create opportunities for students to collaboratively solve realistic engineering problems, thereby promoting deeper learning and higher order thinking. Greater student engagement and efficient evaluation mechanisms motivate faculty adoption of such a system.

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<p>The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Engineering Economist 2004, <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00137910490432575" target="_blank">http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00137910490432575</a>. Posted with permission.</p>
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courses, engineering economy, engineering problems, instructors, curricula, data acquisition, engineering education, industrial economics, information technology, learning systems, problem solving
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