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Developing Concept Inventory Tests for Electrical Engineering: extractable information, early results, and learned lessons
Lulea Univ Technol, Lulea, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Signals and Systems Group.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Signals and Systems Group.
Lulea Univ Technol, Lulea, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: 2018 UKACC 12th International Conference on Control (CONTROL), IEEE, 2018, p. 436-441Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper suggests a method for developing, implementing and assessing a concept inventory test for electrical engineering students (CITE). The aim of this test is to help students better understand and learn core concepts, plus increase their awareness about links between the different courses and other themes of the program. Our and other experiences show that students often struggle to understand and use fundamental concepts, and how these relate to the various courses. This issue is probably due to the fact that traditional exams mainly focus on assessing procedural tasks (e.g., directly solving specific problems following step-by-step approaches). The investigated programs at Uppsala University (UU) and Lulea University of Technology (LTU), nonetheless, have no tool for collecting quantitative data on how students develop conceptual knowledge throughout the programs, and thus no means to obtain an holistic view about their learning process. The here proposed methodology thus describes how to develop tests that would not only provide students with valuable feedback on their progression, but also equip teachers and program boards with high-end data for pedagogical and course development purposes. Besides illustrating the developmental methodology, the paper includes reactions and remarks from students on what the tests would provide and what would motivate them to take it.

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IEEE, 2018. p. 436-441
Keywords [en]
Concept inventory tests, progression, Courses-concept matrix (CCM), deep learning
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Learning Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-375613DOI: 10.1109/CONTROL.2018.8516766ISI: 000454605000095ISBN: 978-1-5386-2864-5 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-375613DiVA, id: diva2:1284306
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UKACC 12th International Conference on Control (CONTROL), Sheffield, England, September 05-07, 2018
Available from: 2019-01-31 Created: 2019-01-31 Last updated: 2019-01-31Bibliographically approved

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