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3D Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
AAPG Bulletin     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
AASRI Procedia     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Abstract and Applied Analysis     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Aceh International Journal of Science and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
ACS Nano     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 234)
Acta Geotechnica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Acta Metallurgica Sinica (English Letters)     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Acta Polytechnica : Journal of Advanced Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Acta Scientiarum. Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Acta Universitatis Cibiniensis. Technical Series     Open Access  
Active and Passive Electronic Components     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Adaptive Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Adıyaman Üniversitesi Mühendislik Bilimleri Dergisi     Open Access  
Adsorption     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Advanced Engineering Forum     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Advanced Science     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Advanced Science Focus     Free   (Followers: 3)
Advanced Science Letters     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
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Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Advances in Calculus of Variations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
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Advances in Complex Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Advances in Engineering Software     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Advances in Fuel Cells     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Advances in Fuzzy Systems     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Advances in Geosciences (ADGEO)     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Advances in Heat Transfer     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 21)
Advances in Magnetic and Optical Resonance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
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Advances in Operations Research     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Advances in OptoElectronics     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Advances in Physics Theories and Applications     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Advances in Polymer Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 41)
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Advances in Remote Sensing     Open Access   (Followers: 37)
Advances in Science and Research (ASR)     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Aerobiologia     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
AIChE Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
Ain Shams Engineering Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Akademik Platform Mühendislik ve Fen Bilimleri Dergisi     Open Access  
Alexandria Engineering Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
AMB Express     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
American Journal of Applied Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 28)
American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
American Journal of Engineering Education     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
American Journal of Environmental Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
American Journal of Industrial and Business Management     Open Access   (Followers: 23)
Analele Universitatii Ovidius Constanta - Seria Chimie     Open Access  
Annals of Combinatorics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Annals of Pure and Applied Logic     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Annals of Regional Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Annals of Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Applicable Algebra in Engineering, Communication and Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Applicable Analysis: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Applied Catalysis A: General     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Applied Catalysis B: Environmental     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Applied Clay Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Applied Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Applied Magnetic Resonance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Applied Nanoscience     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Applied Network Science     Open Access  
Applied Numerical Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Applied Physics Research     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Applied Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Archives of Foundry Engineering     Open Access  
Archives of Thermodynamics     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Arkiv för Matematik     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
ASEE Prism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Asian Engineering Review     Open Access  
Asian Journal of Applied Science and Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Asian Journal of Applied Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Asian Journal of Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Asian Journal of Control     Hybrid Journal  
Asian Journal of Current Engineering & Maths     Open Access  
Asian Journal of Technology Innovation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Assembly Automation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
at - Automatisierungstechnik     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
ATZagenda     Hybrid Journal  
ATZextra worldwide     Hybrid Journal  
Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Australian Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Autonomous Mental Development, IEEE Transactions on     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Avances en Ciencias e Ingeniería     Open Access  
Balkan Region Conference on Engineering and Business Education     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Bangladesh Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research     Open Access  
Basin Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Batteries     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Bautechnik     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Bell Labs Technical Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Beni-Suef University Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
BER : Manufacturing Survey : Full Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
BER : Motor Trade Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
BER : Retail Sector Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
BER : Retail Survey : Full Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
BER : Survey of Business Conditions in Manufacturing : An Executive Summary     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
BER : Survey of Business Conditions in Retail : An Executive Summary     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Bharatiya Vaigyanik evam Audyogik Anusandhan Patrika (BVAAP)     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Biofuels Engineering     Open Access  
Biointerphases     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Biomaterials Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Biomedical Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Biomedical Engineering and Computational Biology     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Biomedical Engineering Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Reviews in     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 31)
Biomedical Engineering: Applications, Basis and Communications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Biomedical Microdevices     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Biomedical Science and Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Biomedizinische Technik - Biomedical Engineering     Hybrid Journal  
Biomicrofluidics     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
BioNanoMaterials     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Biotechnology Progress     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39)
Boletin Cientifico Tecnico INIMET     Open Access  
Botswana Journal of Technology     Full-text available via subscription  
Boundary Value Problems     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Brazilian Journal of Science and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Broadcasting, IEEE Transactions on     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Bulletin of the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory     Hybrid Journal  
Cahiers, Droit, Sciences et Technologies     Open Access  
Calphad     Hybrid Journal  
Canadian Geotechnical Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 41)
Case Studies in Engineering Failure Analysis     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Case Studies in Thermal Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Catalysis Communications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Catalysis Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Catalysis Reviews: Science and Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Catalysis Science and Technology     Free   (Followers: 6)
Catalysis Surveys from Asia     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Catalysis Today     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
CEAS Space Journal     Hybrid Journal  
Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Central European Journal of Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
CFD Letters     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Chaos : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Chaos, Solitons & Fractals     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Chinese Journal of Catalysis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Chinese Journal of Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Chinese Science Bulletin     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ciencia e Ingenieria Neogranadina     Open Access  
Ciencia en su PC     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ciencias Holguin     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
CienciaUAT     Open Access  
Cientifica     Open Access  
CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
City, Culture and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Clay Minerals     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Clean Air Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Coal Science and Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Coastal Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Coastal Engineering Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Coatings     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cogent Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cognitive Computation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Color Research & Application     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
COMBINATORICA     Hybrid Journal  
Combustion Theory and Modelling     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Combustion, Explosion, and Shock Waves     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Communications Engineer     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology, IEEE Transactions on     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Composite Interfaces     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Composite Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 259)
Composites Part A : Applied Science and Manufacturing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 181)
Composites Part B : Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 236)
Composites Science and Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 216)
Comptes Rendus Mécanique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Computation     Open Access  
Computational Geosciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Computational Optimization and Applications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Computational Science and Discovery     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Computer Applications in Engineering Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Computer Science and Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 17)
Computers & Geosciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Computers & Mathematics with Applications     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Computers and Electronics in Agriculture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Computers and Geotechnics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Computing and Visualization in Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Computing in Science & Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 30)
Conciencia Tecnologica     Open Access  
Concurrent Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Control and Dynamic Systems     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Control Engineering Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 42)
Control Theory and Informatics     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Corrosion Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
CT&F Ciencia, Tecnologia y Futuro     Open Access  
CTheory     Open Access  
Current Applied Physics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Current Science     Open Access   (Followers: 58)

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Journal Cover Computer Applications in Engineering Education
  [SJR: 0.525]   [H-I: 19]   [6 followers]  Follow
    
   Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
   ISSN (Print) 1061-3773 - ISSN (Online) 1099-0542
   Published by John Wiley and Sons Homepage  [1577 journals]
  • Video podcast and illustrated text feedback in a web-based formative
           assessment environment
    • Authors: Emilio Letón; Elisa M. Molanes-López, Manuel Luque, Ricardo Conejo
      Abstract: It is well known that computer-based formative assessment and timely feedback enhance effective student learning but there is still a debate about what type of feedback should be given, being the text-based the most used feedback in practice. Although the use of video content as a learning resource has recently increased in both educational and non-educational contexts, there is very little research on its effectiveness as assessment feedback and the existing results are contradictory. For that reason, we have combined in this work the use of a web-based formative assessment system (Siette) where we have integrated a specific type of video podcast (“modular teaching mini-videos”: MTMs) and equivalent illustrated text. We have carried out two experiments with a twofold purpose, first to compare the effect of video feedback versus correct response feedback alone and secondly to compare the effect of video feedback versus equivalent illustrated text feedback. In the context of our research, a Statistic Course at university level, our results show, as expected, that there is a statistically significant positive effect in favor of video feedback over correct response feedback alone. Surprisingly, in contrast to our expectations, based on our context of acquisition of procedural knowledge, there is a statistically non-significant effect of video feedback versus equivalent illustrated text feedback. From the students’ satisfaction survey, there is not statistically significant differences in the overall score of the activity based on video podcast feedback or equivalent illustrated text, which is an indication that we have really obtained equivalent feedback materials.
      PubDate: 2017-09-14T06:26:09.146922-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21869
       
  • Development of an open experimentation tool based on JavaScript for the
           control of a four-tank plant
    • Authors: Agustin Perez-Castro; Jose Sanchez-Moreno, Maria del Mar Castilla
      Abstract: At present, one of the main problems which can be found within chemical engineering education is the availability of real industrial plants able to provide an experimentation framework. The importance of this kind of plants lies in allowing students to apply the learned theoretical concepts to solve real problems. In this paper, a remote tool for educational purposes is presented. More specifically, the implementation of a four-tank plant, its internal control design and the implementation of an EasyJava tool for executing JavaScript code in both simulation and real experimental tests have been widely described. As a result, a tool that allows to perform experimental tests over the plant in both real and simulation modes has been obtained. In this tool, the limits of use are imposed by the plant and not by the own tool.
      PubDate: 2017-09-10T23:55:31.079761-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21879
       
  • Correctness assessment of a crowdcoding project in a computer programming
           introductory course
    • Authors: Sebastián Ferrán; Alejandra Beghelli, Gonzalo Huerta-Cánepa, Federico Jensen
      Abstract: Crowdcoding is a programming model that outsources a software project implementation to the crowd. As educators, we think that crowdcoding could be leveraged as part of the learning path of engineering students from a computer programming introductory course to solve local community problems. The benefits are twofold: on the one hand the students practice the concepts learned in class and, on the other hand, they participate in real-life problems. Nevertheless, several challenges arise when developing a crowdcoding platform, the first one being how to check the correctness of student's code without giving an extra burden to the professors in the course. To overcome this issue, we propose a novel system that does not resort to expert review; neither requires knowing the right answers beforehand. The proposed scheme automatically clusters the student's codes based solely on the output they produce. Our initial results show that the largest cluster contains the same codes selected as correct by the automated and human testing, as long as some conditions apply.
      PubDate: 2017-09-04T08:05:28.16755-05:0
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21868
       
  • IMECE—Implementation of mathematical, experimental, and computer-based
           education: A special application of fluid mechanics for civil and
           environmental engineering students
    • Authors: Kaan Yetilmezsoy
      Abstract: A novel educational methodology, Implementation of Mathematical, Experimental, and Computer-based Education (IMECE), where its name was derived from the letters of the word “imece” (a Turkish tradition) by taking into account the integrative meaning of this cultural concept, was proposed to explore the synergistic effect of the conventional mathematical solution procedure, visual application, and MATLAB-based simulation on the perceptions and learning quality of the engineering students. Within the scope the present research carried out both at the state university (undergraduate and graduate levels) and at the foundation university (undergraduate level), water discharge problem (a special case of the Bernoulli's principle/Toricelli's law) was chosen as an example application. In the study, the experimental results of three different tank models (vertical cylindrical, conical, and spherical) and the solution algorithms written in MATLAB were presented in detail, and new empirical equations were also developed for each laboratory scale system depending on the experimental data. The effectiveness of the proposed IMECE method was evaluated statistically within the framework of both “Student Survey” and “Student Assessment” conducted with the participation of 84 students. Based on the mean scores obtained for all participating students, the results of the statistical tests indicated that the quantitative performance (or effectiveness) of the applied IMECE methodology was determined as 97.73%, 67.36%, and 82.55% for the perception/satisfaction section, the learning section, and the overall evaluation category, respectively.
      PubDate: 2017-09-04T08:00:52.09526-05:0
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21871
       
  • An educational software to reinforce the comprehensive learning of
           materials selection
    • Authors: Alvaro Rodríguez-Prieto; Ana M. Camacho, David Merayo, Miguel A. Sebastián
      Abstract: An educational software, called CalSev 1.0.2, has been developed for supporting the teaching in materials selection seminars. As a case study, a selection of materials for nuclear reactor pressure vessels has been chosen, because it is a representative example of the relationship between chemical composition, mechanical properties, and in-service behavior. This software has been developed to improve the students’ understanding of the materials selection tasks, providing an interactive user-friendly platform that allows to modify—in real time—the content of chemical elements and mechanical requirements to obtain a materials performance evaluation. Due to its versatility, this informatics tool represents a great value for educational purposes, with special impact in blended and distance learning, by simplifying the arduous task of materials selection for a wide range of applications and promoting a collaborative working environment by easing the creation of small groups analyzing different study cases. Finally, to evaluate the functionality, interest, user-friendliness and the educational characteristics of CalSev 1.0.2, a survey among 36 undergraduate students has been carried out.
      PubDate: 2017-09-04T04:45:44.369599-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21866
       
  • Multi-DGAS: A pattern based educational framework design for power
           transformers faults interpretation and comparative performance analysis
    • Authors: Metin Varan; Ulaş Yurtsever
      Abstract: Taking necessary measures in advance for early prediction of the transformer failures are very crucial. Dissolved gas in oil analysis (DGA) techniques that used in electrical power systems has become an internationally accepted standard in condition based maintenance (CBM) studies have high complexity and increasing demands of the quick-service-ready paradigm in power transformers. This standard includes the implementation steps of various complex DGA methods named basic gas, Rogers, Doernenburg, Duval triangle, and pentagon. Mentioned methods are quite complicated and their application steps are strict rules defined in detailed procedures. The adaptation of these methods to transformer maintenance procedures that prepared according to standards and tested for correctness creates a valuable tool. In this study, a pattern based educational framework has been designed to integrate state of arts DGA techniques help for trainers, graduate researchers working on DGA techniques, and also for maintenance teams while taking critical decisions on power transformers. Developed Multi-DGAS educational framework is designed for modular construction that can be integrated with online condition monitoring and diagnostic systems for electric power systems. Success of the proposed framework revealed with newly proposed pentagon method in regard with comparison of classical methods by using oil samples which have been taken under the energized condition of different 135 transformers within multi-phase which failure histories already known. Analysis of dissolved gases in transformer oil is performed according to ASTM-D 3612 procedure using 3800 GC Varian gas chromatograph apparatus.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30T10:15:31.682177-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21872
       
  • TASNOP: A tool for teaching algorithms to solve network optimization
           problems
    • Authors: Wilson da Silva Lourenço; Stanley Jefferson de Araujo Lima, Sidnei Alves de Araújo
      Abstract: This work presents the TASNOP—Teaching Algorithms for Solving Network Optimization Problems, a tool for teaching concepts and operation of some algorithms to solve Shortest Path, Maximum Flow, and Traveling Salesman problems, which are widely known and studied in graduate and undergraduate courses such as Industrial Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, and Logistics. Experiments carried out with undergraduate computer science students allowed to verify that the group who used TASNOP obtained better performance in the resolution of the proposed exercise, corroborating the idea that it contributed to improve the students’ understanding about the addressed content. In addition, a questionnaire answered by the same group of students evidenced the potential of TASNOP as a teaching support tool.
      PubDate: 2017-08-25T05:25:38.827952-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21864
       
  • Optimization of chemical engineering problems with EMSO software
    • Authors: João Paulo Henrique; Ruy Sousa, Argimiro R. Secchi, Mauro A. S. S. Ravagnani, Caliane B. B. Costa
      Abstract: EMSO software, a free tool for teaching and academic research, presents a favorable environment for simulation and optimization of chemical engineering problems. Although its use in research activities have been demonstrated in the literature, its application as a supporting tool for educational purposes in process systems engineering courses has not been evaluated. The objective of this paper is to demonstrate that this software is suitable as a tool for educational purposes in process systems engineering courses at undergraduate (complementary elective subject) and graduate levels. To accomplish this task, different cases studies, encompassing different sort of programming formulations, are proposed and solved with different solvers in EMSO.
      PubDate: 2017-08-25T01:50:47.228159-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21867
       
  • An MS Excel tool for water distribution network design in environmental
           engineering education
    • Authors: Selami Demir; Neslihan Manav Demir, Aykut Karadeniz
      Abstract: An MS Excel tool for teaching hydraulic analysis of water distribution networks (WDNs) was developed. The tool is able to perform both steady-state and extended period simulations of a WDN. The tool does not require installation and offers a portable solution to WDN design problem in undergraduate environmental engineering studies.
      PubDate: 2017-08-22T01:25:58.506777-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21870
       
  • From Android games to coding in C—An approach to motivate novice
           engineering students to learn programming: A case study
    • Authors: Vladimiras Dolgopolovas; Tatjana Jevsikova, Valentina Dagiene
      Abstract: This paper deals with the problem of overcoming difficulties and raising the motivation of novice engineering students studying programming. We consider this an important factor for engineering education in general and for programming of embedded devices, as well as for calculations and modeling in the field of scientific computing in particular. We present a case study on how novice engineering students can be motivated to study structured programming and coding in C using game programming in the App Inventor environment. The study is based on the authors’ practical teaching experience in the Applied Sciences University for novice programmers, with students of the Technology of Smart Devices specialty, as well as the authors’ long-time research activities in teaching Computer Science.
      PubDate: 2017-08-14T06:20:44.610104-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21862
       
  • A Unity3D-based interactive three-dimensional virtual practice platform
           for chemical engineering
    • Authors: Shu-Guang Ouyang; Gang Wang, Jun-Yan Yao, Guang-Heng-Wei Zhu, Zhao-Yue Liu, Chi Feng
      Abstract: This paper introduces an interactive Unity3D-based three-dimensional virtual practice platform for chemical-engineering, which is intended to assist the chemical engineering students in their production practice. The real chemical plant sections are recreated in the virtual environment of the system. The system provides users with two kinds of walkthrough modes, demonstration of the structure and operation principle of some main equipment as well as the operating functions of setting up some major pumps and valves so as to strengthen the students’ understanding of the chemical process and train their operative ability. In addition, its virtual treatment of emergency can help to enhance the safety production awareness of the students and cultivate their ability to respond to unexpected emergency. The students’ feedback to our survey indicates that, despite some suggestions for further improvement, the virtual platform has more advantages and characteristics compared with traditional practice mode, and is effective in helping them understand the chemical process and equipment. What is more, some improvement has been made to perfect the system with students’ suggestions fully taken into consideration.
      PubDate: 2017-08-10T02:35:30.532462-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21863
       
  • Design and implementation of a real-time monitoring tool for power
           engineering education
    • Authors: Juan S. Rocha-Doria; Octavio A. Mosquera-Arevalo, César Angeles-Camacho, Alvaro Espinel-Ortega, Jorge G. Calderón-Guizar
      Abstract: This article reports on the implementation of a real-time monitoring system in a laboratory test grid based on synchrophasorial measurement units. The system consists of the installation of different types of units for monitoring the electrical parameters of the network. The information is transmitted to a power data concentrator equipment, through a local area network under TCP/IP protocol. All the information received is properly processed and systematically stored for future use. A graphical application was developed to visualize the information in real- time or to perform off-line power analyses. The functionality of the monitoring system was verified on several test grids and is used for teaching and research for both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the power electronics laboratory at the Engineering Institute of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
      PubDate: 2017-08-08T06:50:41.868678-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21859
       
  • Exploring the effectiveness of continuous activity with automatic feedback
           in online calculus
    • Authors: Teresa Sancho-Vinuesa; Ramon Masià, Marc Fuertes-Alpiste, Núria Molas-Castells
      Abstract: Academic results in mathematics subjects in engineering, especially those taught online, are poor. The key contextual elements of an insufficient level of prior knowledge, poor motivation, and the intrinsic difficulty of the subject matter has led to the review of the study materials and the creation of a methodology based on continuous assessment with automatic feedback at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. The main objective of this article is to present evidence of improved learning outcomes with the application and use of WIRIS quizzes as an automatic assessment tool in calculus subjects. To that end, we carried out descriptive research with an ex-post-facto design, based on statistical analysis of the results for continuous assessment and students’ grades in 11 semesters. The new strategy has been applied in the last two academic years, based on introductory Moodle lessons and assessment with interactive questionnaires. The data obtained are inconclusive: In the first two semesters that the methodology was implemented, the results show a noticeable improvement in several key aspects, such as undertaking and passing the continuous assessment and improved results across the spectrum of grades. However, in the last two semesters, the results are generally similar to those obtained with the old methodology.
      PubDate: 2017-08-04T07:35:32.550582-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21861
       
  • Visual presentation of abstract theoretical concepts using animations in
           communication systems courses
    • Authors: Stevan M. Berber; Kevin W. Sowerby
      Abstract: A new approach to teaching Communication Systems course is proposed, which is based on the use of animations as a complement to the lecture material. The animations are designed to visualize abstract mathematical concepts, related to modulation techniques and communication system analysis in presence of noise, and present these concepts to the students in visual and understandable form in the classroom. The animations have double purpose. They are to be used, firstly, by the lecturers during lecture presentations, and secondly, as an additional aid to the students to support their self-learning activity. The animations are developed on MATLAB platform.
      PubDate: 2017-08-04T07:25:26.210243-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21860
       
  • RTWiFi-Lab: A real-time Wi-Fi laboratory platform on USRP and LabVIEW for
           wireless communications education and research
    • Authors: Kerem Küçük
      Abstract: The paper presents the real-time education and research platform as an effective means for describing wireless and digital communications courses with Wi-Fi standards. To this end, a Real-Time Wi-Fi Laboratory platform, called RTWiFi-Lab is designed and implemented as part of these courses using NI USRP 2921 and LabVIEW. Laboratory experiments of these courses give benefits for utilizing a hardware platform since these experiments greatly facilitate the understanding of significant effects introduced by real-time receivers. Hence, this platform is presented with seven experiments that provide the various concepts of these courses for different state-of-the-art wireless and digital communications techniques such as signal detection, data modulation, frequency, phase offset estimation, etc. The RTWiFi-Lab has been considered to provide computer engineering undergraduate students and qualified graduate students with the basic introduction to wireless and digital communications concepts in a short time at Kocaeli University, Turkey.
      PubDate: 2017-08-03T23:41:03.345881-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21865
       
  • MOAM: A methodology for developing mobile learning objects (MLOs)
    • Authors: Karen Annet Saldaña Hernández; Yesenia Hernández Velázquez, Eduardo López Domínguez, Cora Beatriz Excelente Toledo, María Auxilio Medina Nieto
      Abstract: This paper proposes a methodology to develop high quality MLOs throughout five phases: analysis, design, development, assessment, and publishing. MOAM was assessed with important results given that MLOs comply with technical aspects such as reusability, interoperability, portability and take into account educational objectives, learning content, assessment, and learning styles.
      PubDate: 2017-07-27T23:55:29.44842-05:0
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21857
       
  • Development and application of the ChArduino toolkit for teaching how to
           program Arduino boards through the C/C++ interpreter Ch
    • Authors: Maria Alessandra Montironi; Binsen Qian, Harry H. Cheng
      Abstract: The growing popularity of microcontroller-based prototyping boards in many engineering and science applications has greatly increased the demand of mechatronic skills in the technical job market. The need to keep up with this new tend, combined with the proven effectiveness of integrating theoretical learning with hands-on, project-based activities has driven the development of new educational standards and curricula pivoting on the use of microcontroller-based prototyping boards. However, the most common Integrated Development Environments (IDE) used to simplify program development lack the intuitiveness and post-processing capabilities needed in an instructional environment. This paper presents an approach aimed at overcoming these obstacles. It provides a unique and comprehensive framework for programming Arduino boards through the C/C++ interpreter Ch. It extends the authors’ previous work on the topic by integrating a Graphical User Interface (GUI) and a library of functions, and by improving the serial communication protocol. The paper also shows how the toolkit can be easily integrated with other features and toolkits available in Ch such as plotting and line-by-line debugging to create comprehensive projects tailored for K-14 students at different levels. The concepts presented in this work are applied to programming Arduino boards but provide a general basis upon which similar frameworks can be implemented for other boards or in other programming languages.
      PubDate: 2017-07-27T23:40:32.896479-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21854
       
  • Euler algorithm to solve reaction kinetic equations: Mathematical
           formulation, programing, and applications
    • Authors: Baudilio Coto; Inmaculada Suárez
      Abstract: Integration of rate laws to obtain the several concentrations in terms of time is well described in books of General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering including mathematical and graphical descriptions. When several reactions have to be considered simultaneously, the mathematical solution of involved differential equations became difficult for students and is a good task from the mathematical point of view. Qualitative interpretation has interest from the chemical and engineering point of view and it is usually related with the change of concentrations along reactions which in turns modifies the rate of the several processes involved. In this work, no differential equations are solved analytically and no functions are obtained in order to reduce the mathematical complexity for students but a numerical solution is obtained by using the differential method and the computation of changes in concentration. A general formulation of the involved equations is presented including the effect of reactant concentration in the rate laws and an arbitrary number of simultaneous reactions. Details for numerical solution of involved equations are indicated and the task for students is to create their own program to solve the rate laws. Student should be able to input a set of compounds and reactions, to compute the evolution of concentrations of the several species with time and to plot such concentrations. Some applications with increasing complexity were computed and analyzed. In order to show the quantitative obtained results, comparison with analytical functions was carried out for simple systems.
      PubDate: 2017-07-23T23:55:42.427679-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21858
       
  • A hybrid method for overlapping speech detection in classroom environment
    • Authors: Dazhi Jiang; Yifei Chen, Akhil Garg
      Abstract: Classroom discourse, which is a major composition of classroom, contains a slew of useful information such as providing the feedback to the teachers may lead to an improvement of the teaching quality. Generally, the classroom discourse can be divided into four categories/activities: teacher discourse, student discourse, quiet, and discussion. The automatic classification of activities provides a practical way to deal with the classroom discourse. However, the recognition of the discussion activity (a kind of overlapping speech) poses a great challenge to the treatment of the classroom discourse analysis. Therefore, in this paper, a new hybrid method based on the silence distribution and Independent Component Analysis (ICA) was proposed for the detection of overlapping speech. The results were found to be satisfactory and in good agreement with an experimental data. Based on these experimental results, the performance of the speaker segment of classroom event can be efficiently analyzed.
      PubDate: 2017-07-21T08:10:34.659736-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21855
       
  • Peer learning efficacy analysis on undergraduate software design course
    • Authors: Po-Hsun Cheng; Li-Wei Chen
      Abstract: Knowledge sharing and peer learning are important characteristics for learning similar engineering topics, especially suitable for the learning in college. Software design is an advanced required course for software engineering departments. However, most students might have no enough incentives to learn it by themselves. To distinguish the performance of the peer learning, we adopted the peer learning in software design course to analyze the possibility of adoption. Our selected course was a junior major and held on the second semester. Its regulations are declared twice before the due date of the course selection. Students can group their peer learning team by at most three ones, so they can choose as individual learning. Both review and summary quizzes were held at the first and the last 15-min in the Moodle every week, respectively. There were 34 students attending this experiment with four 3-student groups, five 2-student groups, and 12 singles. A web-based tool was designed to illustrate the peer learning performance and students can browse their own score analysis anywhere. Inside the experimental weeks, we found most students attend the course on time. Though the effect of the adopted approach (may be due to too few samples) is not clear, we found evidence from the descriptive statistics and detailed analyses of the experiment results. The peer learning by grouping could have large chance to be better than individual study. It encourages us to adopt the same educational practice to our software design course, even other software related courses.
      PubDate: 2017-07-18T06:20:40.038446-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21856
       
  • Accessible platforms for e-learning: A case study
    • Authors: Concha Batanero; Luis Fernández-Sanz, Antti K. Piironen, Jaana Holvikivi, Jose Ramón Hilera, Salvador Otón, Jaime Alonso
      Abstract: This paper presents a technical solution to improve accessibility in e-learning platforms. The guidelines for the solution were concluded from the analysis of literature with the goal of achieving scalable, reusable, and easily manageable platforms. The method has been tested through a case study conducted on Moodle where a sample of the target population experimented it through several Engineering Education courses resulting in a high degree of perceived usefulness. We also found out that deaf students encountered less problems accessing the information than blind students due to different reasons.
      PubDate: 2017-07-18T00:01:31.231828-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21852
       
  • AR-based value-added visualization of infographic for enhancing learning
           performance
    • Authors: Maryam Tayefeh Mahmoudi; Sara Mojtahedi, Sepideh Shams
      Abstract: Augmented reality-based infographic is an edutainment media that can play a significant role in transferring complicated issues for learning purposes. It has the potential to draw participant's attention to visualize various kinds of information including text, image, animation, 3D objects, etc. on infographic using smatphones and tablets. This paper discusses the effect of AR-based infographic on improving learning performance via T-Paired test and in the meantime the correlation between participants’ learning style based on Felder–Silverman model with their quadratic Bloom-based knowledge. Experimental results confirm the usability of AR-based infographic in improving learning performance and its impact on visual type participants no matter which kinds of knowledge they are equipped with.
      PubDate: 2017-07-12T09:35:33.745389-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21853
       
  • Data-enabled cognitive modeling: Validating student engineers’ fuzzy
           design-based decision-making in a virtual design problem
    • Authors: Golnaz Arastoopour Irgens; Naomi C. Chesler, Jeffrey T. Linderoth, David Williamson Shaffer
      Abstract: The ability of future engineering professionals to solve complex real-world problems depends on their design education and training. Because engineers engage with open-ended problems in which there are unknown parameters and multiple competing objectives, they engage in fuzzy decision-making, a method of making decisions that takes into account inherent imprecisions and uncertainties in the real world. In the design-based decision-making field, few studies have applied fuzzy decision-making models to actual decision-making process data. Thus, in this study, we use datasets on student decision-making processes to validate approximate fuzzy models of student decision-making, which we call data-enabled cognitive modeling. The results of this study (1) show that simulated design problems provide rich datasets that enable analysis of student design decision-making and (2) validate models of student design cognition that can inform future design curricula and help educators understand how students think about design problems.
      PubDate: 2017-06-30T00:00:35.446129-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21851
       
  • Smart computing based student performance evaluation framework for
           engineering education
    • Authors: Prabal Verma; Sandeep K. Sood, Sheetal Kalra
      Abstract: Internet of Things (IoT) technology has changed the educational landscape by allowing educators and administrators to turn data into actionable insight. Education organization begin to leverage solutions like cloud computing and radio frequency identification (RFID) across an IoT platform. Relative to this context, this paper proposes a five layer framework to facilitate automated student performance evaluation in engineering institutions based on smart computing concept. Student daily activity datasets are formed based on sensing capabilities of IoT nodes. Smart computing integrates hardware, software, and network technologies that provides systems with real-time situation awareness and automated analysis. The engineering student performance per session is calculated by combining the results from sensory nodes based education data mining algorithms and student academic datasets. Moreover, based on student sessional performance score, decisions are taken by management authority to increase the reputation score of the engineering institution. The experiment comprises two sections. In first section, RFID based experimental setup is defined with objects interaction patterns. In second section, student performance score generated using proposed system is compared with manual system. The results depict that by introducing IoT in engineering education, more effective decisions can be taken to improve student learning experiences and over-all growth of the institution.
      PubDate: 2017-06-27T23:40:38.503491-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21849
       
  • A web-based design and assessment tool for educational wireless networking
           projects
    • Authors: Fernando Losilla
      Abstract: This work presents NetEval, a web-based educational tool for designing and assessing heterogeneous networks and receiving feedback on design mistakes. NetEval challenges students with scenarios that require the design of networks using Wi-Fi, radio frequency links and other wired technologies and security mechanisms, letting them freely create answer networks.
      PubDate: 2017-06-19T06:05:22.51535-05:0
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21850
       
  • A virtual engine laboratory for teaching powertrain engineering
    • Authors: Richard D. Burke; Nicholas De Jonge, Calo Avola, Biagio Forte
      Abstract: A virtual engine laboratory application for use in automotive engineering education is proposed to allow the practical teaching of powertrain calibration. The laboratory software is built as a flexible Matlab tool that can easily be transferred for applications in other disciplines and promotes the link between teaching and research.
      PubDate: 2017-06-16T05:15:43.123105-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21847
       
  • CHEMOTION: A gesture based chemistry virtual laboratory with leap motion
    • Authors: Hend S. Al-Khalifa
      Abstract: Chemistry laboratories are expensive to setup and operate as well as it entails safety issues. However, as technologies develop and new technologies are being produced every day, an advance solution for physical Chemistry laboratories limitation is the use of virtual laboratories. In this paper, we present the design and implementation of a virtual chemistry laboratory system that utilizes gesture computing technology to create an interactive and entertaining laboratory application for pupils. The system is software that works on PCs with the help of Leap motion controller, off-the-shelf gesture recognition hardware, to simulate a chemistry laboratory. The system provides number of experiments to perform along with tutorials and quizzes. A preliminary usability evaluation of the system shows the high level of interest from the pupils in using such a system and the positive feedback.
      PubDate: 2017-06-16T02:01:41.437841-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21848
       
  • E-learning website evaluation and selection using multi-attribute decision
           making matrix methodology
    • Authors: Rakesh Garg
      Abstract: E-learning website selection is a deliberate decision with a significant influence on the educational sector. E-learning website selection decision is based on multiple attributes/criteria. In the present research, the various attributes having a huge influence in the evaluation process of E-learning websites that are termed collectively as ranking criteria were identified and extracted from the available literature at the first step. Now, the relative importance or the significance of each ranking criteria was determined by collecting data through the interviews with experts and applying some aggregate operations on that data. Simply, the priority weight of each ranking criteria was determined at the second step. The third step is concerned with the evaluation work of the alternatives against the identified ranking criteria by considering the priority weights determined at the second step. In the present study, E-learning websites selection problem is resolved using matrix method which is capable to solve such types of multiple-attribute decision making (MADM) problems. Further, the results obtained from the proposed methodology are compared with the existing approaches namely Weighted Distance Based Approximation and Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution to validate the applicability and utility of the proposed method.
      PubDate: 2017-06-14T23:45:04.880008-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21846
       
  • The use and analysis of anti-plagiarism software: Turnitin tool for
           formative assessment and feedback
    • Authors: Malka N. Halgamuge
      Abstract: This analysis investigates the efficiency of the Turnitin software as a formative writing tool. The inquiry is especially looking into undergraduate and postgraduate students’ experiences while using Turnitin. The perceptions and experiences of students will be prioritized in the study with the purpose of determining ways to improve Turnitin from students’ point of view. Turnitin obtains text matches or similarity index values of 3,173 assignments submitted on subjects uploaded between 2012 and 2014 by university students. We statistically analyzed the similarity index values or levels of plagiarism percentage between the first and the last assignments, using the two-sample Kolmogorov–Smirnov test, and we found that there was a significant improvement (p = 0.002). Hence, our results demonstrated that using Turnitin as a formative writing tool, allows students to prepare an assignment in an academically acceptable way, during the second half of the semester, with less plagiarism. The results found in this study suggests an insignificant difference between the draft version and final version of the same assignment (p = 0.192). Similarity index values are also different for different courses, such as writing based project subject and mathematics based engineering subject have different values (p 
      PubDate: 2017-06-13T08:11:21.151315-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21842
       
  • Data science in education: Big data and learning analytics
    • Authors: Aleksandra Klašnja-Milićević; Mirjana Ivanović, Zoran Budimac
      Abstract: This paper considers the data science and the summaries significance of Big Data and Learning Analytics in education. The widespread platform of making high-quality benefits that could be achieved by exhausting big data techniques in the field of education is considered. One principal architecture framework to support education research is proposed.
      PubDate: 2017-06-09T10:21:04.714925-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21844
       
  • MyMOOCSpace: A cloud-based mobile system to support effective
           collaboration in higher education online courses
    • Authors: Luis Ramírez-Donoso; Juan S. Rojas-Riethmuller, Mar Pérez-Sanagustín, Andrés Neyem, Carlos Alario-Hoyos
      Abstract: In recent years, institutions of higher education have been using Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as an alternative to enhance and innovate traditional classroom practices. One of the approaches to this type of innovation consists of using the platforms where MOOCs are hosted for the development of courses that are aligned to their on-campus curricular contents. They are known as Small Private Online Courses (SPOCs), which allow online access to knowledge for groups of students with a well-defined profile. The platforms where MOOCs (and SPOCs) are hosted have been designed to support large volumes of data and visits. However, these platforms present important limitations regarding the implementation of collaborative learning activities. To address this problem, this article presents MyMOOCSpace, a cloud-based mobile system aimed at supporting effective collaboration in MOOCs, by combining key aspects of collaboration from the research area of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) with game-based dynamics. MyMOOCSpace has been tested in three quasi-experiments that were run in four Latin-American universities with a total of 68 participants. The objective was to assess its usability and its effect in enhancing collaboration among students in a SPOC. The results obtained on usability show that MyMOOCSpace is easy to use, and that participants felt pleased with while using it. Finally, it was observed that MyMOOCSpace managed to enhance interaction and collaboration among students.
      PubDate: 2017-06-09T10:10:23.682225-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21843
       
  • GPMS: An educational supportive graduation project management system
    • Authors: Mamoun Awad
      Abstract: Senior Graduation Project highlights a significant milestone for undergraduate and graduate students in their journey of perusing their scientific degrees. It is considered a must-complete requirement in most colleges. No doubt that managing the educational tasks, such as selecting projects, creating rubrics, scheduling, submitting reports, resource managements, assessment, etc., involved in senior projects can be challenging for students and educators. In this paper, we present an innovative Graduation Project Management System (GPMS) to keep track of different senior project educational processes starting from selecting projects going through grading until assessment. GPMS is equipped with data analytic gadget to monitor students’ pedagogical habits. This online system is based on open source technologies, namely, Java, Apache/Tomcat, WEKA, and MySql database management system (DBMS), and it is very flexible, adaptable, and configurable for most colleges.
      PubDate: 2017-06-09T10:00:23.197963-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21841
       
  • Radiation from accelerated electrons: simulation in four-dimensions
    • Authors: Zvonko Fazarinc
      Abstract: This educational paper caters to engineers wishing to penetrate the complexity of electrodynamics. Only a computer simulation can provide the fourth dimension and to justify the title we develop the linkage between the theory and the relevant executable algorithms. These can provide unique insights into the internal events and a temporal evolution can lead to a deeper understanding of radiation phenomena arising from nature's first principles. There is no escape from the relativistic overhead associated with motion and some effort is expended on supporting the uninitiated reader.
      PubDate: 2017-06-09T00:00:37.94088-05:0
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21834
       
  • From physical to digital in structural engineering classrooms using
           digital fabrication
    • Authors: Rolando Chacón; David Codony, Álvaro Toledo
      Abstract: In this paper, a set of digital artifacts related to simple examples of structural engineering are presented. The artifacts are real-time applications and visualizations of typical problems students from the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) schools are acquainted with. The real-time nature of the examples allow a high level of interaction between humans and the classic visualization of results, namely, bending and shear force diagrams, internal stresses distributions, and contour plots. These artifacts may provide in AEC a twofold educational target: (i) for users, to provide visual understanding in real time of typical problems that must be understood in classic lectures of structural engineering; (ii) for developers, to provide meaningful applications of applied digital fabrication using sensors, microcontrollers, and GUI's and their potential in the development of tools related to Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and the Internet of Things (IoT) among students of the AEC sector.
      PubDate: 2017-06-07T00:00:30.14214-05:0
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21845
       
  • An educational software for teaching database normalization
    • Authors: Hugo I. Piza-Dávila; Luis F. Gutiérrez-Preciado, Víctor H. Ortega-Guzmán
      Abstract: Database normalization is a key process for designing databases. However, it is one of the most complex topics for students in IT undergraduate programs. This work proposes a new software tool that supports students in the process of normalization. This learning tool allows the students to see step by step how to carry out each normal form up to the 3NF. This tool is based on data analysis of the input table as it is explained in class, and not on analyzing the scheme or initial dependencies defined by business rules. Thus, novel algorithms were developed to process the input table (user-defined) as well as the tables created during the normalization process. The software was tested in two Database courses, obtaining an important increase in the performance of students who used the tool.
      PubDate: 2017-06-05T07:15:23.056709-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21838
       
  • Increasing middle school students’ awareness and interest in
           manufacturing through digital game-based learning (DGBL)
    • Authors: Stefano Perini; Maria Margoudi, Manuel Fradinho Oliveira, Marco Taisch
      Abstract: The change of the societal appeal of manufacturing among younger generations is a key element in order to address the talent shortage that is currently affecting the sector. In order to pursue this objective, the use of interactive learning environments such as digital games (DGs) can play an important role. Therefore, this paper presents the results of an exploratory study aimed at understanding the impact of digital game-based learning (DGBL) on the awareness and interest of middle school students in manufacturing. In particular, the students had to deal with the management of EcoFactory, a simplified industrial plant where they had to take care of the main decisions that are typical in the modern manufacturing industry. The study was based on a pre-test–post-test quasi-experimental design conducted in a public middle school in Northern Italy. The research triangulated the results of different methodologies, namely drawings analysis and questionnaires. The results showed a significant impact of the DG both on the awareness and interest of participants, especially in the environmental, social, and economic dimensions. Thus, the outcomes revealed the high potential that DGs have in explaining the complex concepts that are typical of manufacturing and in enhancing students’ proactive motivation toward them. Finally, implications and suggestions for further research derived from these findings are discussed.
      PubDate: 2017-06-05T04:30:40.514254-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21836
       
  • Trifocal constructive approach in developing coders, simulated, and
           hardware implemented, for the introduction of coding theory
    • Authors: Emir Pecanin; Edis Mekic, Petar Spalević, Khaled M. Mohamed Himar Swhli
      Abstract: Constructive approach (CA) for increased efficiency of engineering education has been receiving growing attention and wider application in engineering education in recent years. New approach combining CA and Unified Process Model (UPM) for developing of software simulation packages and hardware is developed and proposed, on this way novel trifocal approach to engineering is proposed and discussed. Through this approach students developed virtual simulators as software prototype for hardware implementation of coders. This approach increased learning and understanding of mathematical and theoretical basics of coding theory, which is integral part of digital communication systems. For implementing construction of software simulator and hardware coders in the curricula we developed multidisciplinary approach. Joint and interconnected lectures were developed for the courses of digital communication and software engineering. For validation of developed software packages and constructed hardware coders used laboratory facilities for digital electronics. Trends of the level of understanding and result achieved on the exams showed that implementation of this approach provided better results in solving mathematical problems in the field of coding theory.
      PubDate: 2017-06-02T05:20:37.652415-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21840
       
  • Associating students and teachers for tutoring in higher education using
           clustering and data mining
    • Authors: Argelia B. Urbina Nájera; Jorge de la Calleja, Ma. Auxilio Medina
      Abstract: Tutoring is part of the teaching–learning process; this is considered a complementary strategy to support the development of integral and competent professionals. When teachers deal with large groups of students such as in digital learning environments, tutoring becomes a time-consuming and difficult task that can cause distraction and overload. This paper presents an experimental study to associate students and teachers for tutoring according to their skills and affinities using the clustering methods of k-means, expectation maximization, and farthest first. The study harvests data of 1,199 university students and 35 teachers. The results reached 100% of compatibility between clusters using expectation maximization and farthest first.
      PubDate: 2017-06-01T06:32:38.738539-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21839
       
  • Mining relationships in learning-oriented social networks
    • Authors: María E. Sousa-Vieira; Jose C. López-Ardao, Manuel Fernández-Veiga, Miguel Rodríguez-Pérez, Cándido López-García
      Abstract: The widespread use of computing and communications technologies has enabled the popularity of social networks oriented to learn. In this work, we study the nature and strength of associations between students using an online social network embedded in a learning management system. With datasets from three offerings of the same course, we mined the sequences of questions and answers posted by the students to identify structural properties of the social graph, patterns of collaboration among students and factors influencing the final academic achievements. The results show some hints to understand how users react to incentives in online social learning systems, useful for instance to measure the effectiveness of the learning tasks based on the patterns of students’ participation in the platform and adapt their design, or as early predictors of academic performance.
      PubDate: 2017-05-24T23:25:34.788006-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21835
       
  • Using collaborative learning scenarios to teach programming to non-CS
           majors
    • Authors: Leovy Echeverría; Ruth Cobos, Liliana Machuca, Ivan Claros
      Abstract: This article presents a new approach based on “collaborative scenarios” to enhance teaching–learning programming in non-Computer Science oriented curricula. In this context, a literature review of tools related to teaching programming since a collaborative approach is presented. The collaborative scenarios was supported by a platform called TASystem, and applied in a case study carried out with students from Topographic Engineering Department at the Universidad del Valle (Colombia). The students’ social interaction was analyzed with Social Network Analysis and Content Analysis techniques and so was the students’ performance. The results showed an improvement in the students’ performance and an increment in the social relationship among the students.
      PubDate: 2017-05-23T01:50:26.676709-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21832
       
  • Computer programming with Python for industrial and systems engineers:
           Perspectives from an instructor and students
    • Authors: Yong Wang; Kasey J. Hill, Erin C. Foley
      Abstract: This paper examines recent efforts at Binghamton University to teach the computer programming language Python to Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) undergraduates who possess little prior programming experience. The rationale behind selecting Python to teach is discussed. An evaluation of students’ learning outcomes shows that performance is distinguishable by gender, class standing, and class attendance. Lessons learned from the instructor's and the students’ perspectives are presented.
      PubDate: 2017-05-18T00:02:53.382533-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21837
       
  • A dynamic approach for teaching algorithms: Integrating immersive
           environments and virtual learning environments
    • Authors: Felipe B. Nunes; Fabrício Herpich, Érico M. H. Do Amaral, Gleizer B. Voss, Manuel C. Zunguze, Roseclea D. Medina, Liane M. R. Tarouco
      Abstract: Utilization of technology in education lead to important changes in methods and techniques, where the use of virtual learning environments and virtual worlds provided a solution of a rich simulation and with a high level of interactivity and immersion. This article provides a summary of a research that searches integrate two different technologies [VLE and VW], by means of a solution called Sloodle. The main focus is demystify the use of this solution, introducing the mainly characteristics involved in the process of installation and insertion of this resources and evaluate the effectiveness of these resources as supporting tools in the teaching of algorithms in Computer Engineering course. The applications used in this research were OpenSimulator as Virtual World; Moodle as VLE; the online software IDEOne for the algorithm exposure and Sloodle. Analysis confirms that the utilization of virtual world combined with Moodle using Sloodle, it is a valid alternative to the process of teaching and learning, motivating the students and stimulating the feeling of immersion during the performance of activities. It allows identifying the difficulties to be overcome in this type of solution, like the utilization of Sloodle and technology limitations of their resources.
      PubDate: 2017-05-17T23:48:00.002992-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21833
       
  • A computational investigation of learning behaviors in MOOCs
    • Authors: Sheng-Hua Zhong; Yanhong Li, Yan Liu, Zhiqiang Wang
      Abstract: Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are the latest e-learning initiative to attain widespread popularity in the world. Thus, it is highly required to have a throughout analysis of learning in MOOCs, from theoretical to practical. Our primary goal is to take a detailed and comprehensive investigation into the learning behaviors in MOOCs, as well as to identify issues that have not yet to be adequately resolved. We employed commonly used educational data mining methodologies to analyze and interpret the behaviors in a computer science course based on the questionnaire survey data and daily activity data. We find most of the students could be divided into several groups that are coincident with their learning styles. Moreover, we can easily predict students’ learning styles based on their learning behaviors. This finding means the learning style could be a factor to indicate students’ learning behaviors, or even measure whether a student is appropriate to learn via MOOCs.
      PubDate: 2017-05-17T23:35:43.094846-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21830
       
  • PC-based control and simulation of an electro-hydraulic system
    • Authors: Elif Erzan Topçu
      Abstract: This article addresses the development of a control system design methodology to make control courses easier to understand. The methodology can be handled in four stages: Modeling, controller design and tuning of the controller gains, simulation, and experimental studies. A PC-based control system environment is chosen to help students/researchers understand the control system both theoretically and experimentally. An electro-hydraulic system is used for training. Such fluid power systems are widely used in the industrial area and combine different engineering system properties. First, a system is defined by a mathematical model and simulated using the MATLAB/Simulink environment. An easy to use toolbox, Simscape/Simhydraulics, is used to facilitate the modeling phase in simulation of the hydraulic system. Next, the design of the feedback controller is proposed. Basic controllers in control education, such as proportional + derivative + integral (PID) and a Fuzzy Logic Controller (FLC), are utilized, and the gains of the controllers are tuned with a simplified method according to the given design criteria. The proposed tuning method can also be useful for overdamped or first-order systems. Time and frequency responses of the system are obtained and evaluated. The experimental studies are conducted on a hydraulic control system at the Automatic Control Laboratory of the Mechanical Engineering Department of Uludağ University. This work aims to train engineering students/researchers both theoretically and practically regarding PC-based control system design and fluid power systems.
      PubDate: 2017-05-07T23:03:03.18829-05:0
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21831
       
  • Improving student engagement on programming using app development with
           Android devices
    • Authors: César Fernández; María Asunción Vicente, M. Mar Galotto, Miguel Martinez-Rach, Alejandro Pomares
      Abstract: This work presents our experience on Android teaching at Miguel Hernández University (Elche, Spain). We decided to orientate our courses toward Android app development, and encouraged students to carry their Android phones or tablets to the classroom. The results, in terms of student motivation, satisfaction and engagement in programming have been extraordinary.
      PubDate: 2017-05-04T22:35:39.820337-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21827
       
  • Robot kinematics made easy using RoboAnalyzer software
    • Authors: Ratan S. Othayoth; Rajeevlochana G. Chittawadigi, Ravi P. Joshi, Subir K. Saha
      Abstract: RoboAnalyzer is a software based on 3D model of robots. It was developed primarily for teaching and learning of robot mechanics, although it is robust enough for the use by researchers as well. The motive behind the development of RoboAnalyzer was mainly to help teachers and students get started with teaching/learning of robotics using template-based skeleton models or CAD models of serial robots. This minimizes the time otherwise spent on modeling, programming, and simulating the robots from scratch. In this article, we focus on the visualization of the Denavit Hartenberg (DH) parameters used to define a robot's architecture, and the modeling of the robot's input-output motion characteristics, that is, robot kinematics, using them. The advantages of using RoboAnalyzer to overcome several challenges of learning robotics in a classroom environment are also discussed.
      PubDate: 2017-05-03T22:40:30.206888-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21828
       
  • A networking laboratory using an integrated mixture of physical equipment
           and simulators
    • Authors: Ka C. Chan; Sean Haythorne
      Abstract: This article presents the design and development of a networking laboratory that integrates a combination of physical networking equipment with the open source GNS3 network simulators for on-campus, blended-learning, and potentially online delivery of networking classes. This transformative work has resulted in a significant increase in laboratory capacity, thus reducing the need for repeating classes. The integrated platform offers students both hands-on experience using real equipment, and the convenience of easy setup and reconfiguration using simulators. An example practical exercise in setting up an OSPF/BGP network is presented to illustrate the experimental design before and after the integration of GNS3 simulators. In summary, we describe the infrastructure, the integrated platform and systems, network design and experiment design; and the learning and teaching experiences of using GNS3 in classes.
      PubDate: 2017-05-02T10:56:41.11568-05:0
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21829
       
  • Issue Information
    • Pages: 655 - 658
      PubDate: 2017-09-14T06:14:38.107596-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21766
       
  • Special Issue of Computer Applications in Engineering Education:
           Innovations in Engineering Education with Digital Technologies
    • Pages: 861 - 862
      PubDate: 2017-09-14T06:14:40.446845-05:
      DOI: 10.1002/cae.21880
       
 
 
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