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Mathew, Santhosh; Kashyap, Upasana – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
Open Educational Resources (OER) are online teaching and learning resources available for instructors and students to utilize at no cost to them. This case study reports on the impact of OER resources on students' academic performance in an undergraduate introductory astronomy course at a 4-year private university. As part of this study, we…
Descriptors: Open Educational Resources, Undergraduate Students, Astronomy, Science Instruction
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Murray, Susan L.; Phelps, Julie; Altabbakh, Hanan – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
It is common for college classes to contain basic information that must be mastered before learning more difficult concepts or applications. Many students struggle with learning facts, terms, or fundamental concepts; in some situations, students are even unsure about what they should study. Flashcards are a well-established educational aid for…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Test Preparation, Computer Software, Instructional Materials
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Cudney, Elizabeth A.; Ezzell, Julie M. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
Educational institutions are consistently looking for ways to prepare students for the competitive workforce. Various methods have been utilized to interpret human differences, such as learning preferences and motivation, in order to make the curriculum more valuable. The objective of this research was to determine the impact of new teaching…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Student Motivation, Instructional Effectiveness, Undergraduate Students
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Patrick, Lorelei E.; Howell, Leigh Anne; Wischusen, William – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
There have been numerous calls recently to increase the use of active learning in university science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classrooms to more actively engage students and enhance student learning. However, few studies have investigated faculty and student perceptions regarding the effectiveness of active learning or the…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes
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Nair, Priya; Ankeny, Casey J.; Ryan, Justin; Okcay, Murat; Frakes, David H. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
We investigated the use of a new system, HemoFlow™, which utilizes state of the art technologies such as particle image velocimetry to test endovascular devices as part of an undergraduate biomedical engineering curriculum. Students deployed an endovascular stent into an anatomical model of a cerebral aneurysm and measured intra-aneurysmal flow…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Biomedicine, Undergraduate Students, Pretests Posttests
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Huett, Kim C.; Kawulich, Barbara – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
Collaborating at two universities to improve teaching and learning in undergraduate engineering, an interdisciplinary team of researchers, instructors, and evaluators planned and implemented the use of multimedia case studies with students enrolled in an introductory engineering course. This qualitative action evaluation study focuses on results…
Descriptors: Multimedia Materials, Case Studies, Undergraduate Students, Engineering Education
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Wei, Tie; Ford, Julie – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
This article provides information about the integration of innovative hands-on activities within a sophomore-level Fluid Mechanics course at New Mexico Tech. The course introduces students to the fundamentals of fluid mechanics with emphasis on teaching key equations and methods of analysis for solving real-world problems. Strategies and examples…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Undergraduate Students, Educational Innovation, Hands on Science