The Effects of Transitioning from a Face-to-Face Fundamentals of Engineering Review to a Virtual EnvironmentASEE Gulf Southwest Annual Conference (2016)
The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam is one of the first steps in becoming a licensed professional engineer. Universities have strongly encouraged, and in some cases required, students to take the exam prior to graduating with their bachelor’s degree. The exam covers a multitude of subject areas that are explored throughout the undergraduate curriculum. Review sessions, online or face-to-face, may be offered by the institution to assist seniors in preparing for the exam.
This case study looks at a senior-level FE Preparation course taught within the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Tyler. Prior to the Fall of 2014, review content for the FE exam was covered in a face-to-face environment. Now, a required zero credit hour course has been developed where all review content related to each of the three disciplines of engineering at UT Tyler (Civil, Mechanical and Electrical) has been posted online for students to review on their own. This paper analyzes the pass rate of 5 senior civil engineering graduation classes spanning from 2012-2016 which is prior to and after the change in course format. Based on the data available to date there does not appear to be a negative effect of the transition for the civil engineering students.
LocationFort Worth, TX: Texas Christian University.
Citation InformationGangone, M. V., & Biswas, M. A. R. (2016). The Effects of Transitioning from a Face-to-Face Fundamentals of Engineering Review to a Virtual Environment. In ASEE Gulf Southwest Annual Conference. Fort Worth, TX: Texas Christian University.