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The Engineering Learning Portal for Problem Solving: Experience in a Large Engineering Economy Class
Engineering Economist
  • Sarah M. Ryan, Iowa State University
  • John K. Jackman, Iowa State University
  • Frank E. Peters, Iowa State University
  • Sigurdur Olafsson, Iowa State University
  • Mary Huba, Iowa State University
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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.

The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Engineering Economist 2004, Posted with permission.

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Sarah M. Ryan, John K. Jackman, Frank E. Peters, Sigurdur Olafsson, et al.. "The Engineering Learning Portal for Problem Solving: Experience in a Large Engineering Economy Class" Engineering Economist Vol. 49 Iss. 1 (2004) p. 1 - 19
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