Watching Videos Improves Learning? Effective Use of Short, Simple, Instructor-Made Videos in an Engineering Course

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Civil and Mechanical Engineering

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Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference

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Conference Proceeding


This paper summarizes the initial implementation of short, instructor-created tutorial videos in our introductory engineering course, Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design, and includes quantitative support for the conclusion that using these videos improves academic performance and students’ attitudes. This paper also includes an explanation of how to create the videos using inexpensive and easy-to-learn resources, outlines our lessons learned, and concludes with a discussion of best practices.

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