Student Perceptions of Online Statics Homework Tools
The face of engineering education continues to change as the use of online and computer-based tools grows. To guide this growth, this study sought to identify which characteristics students prefer in their homework format. The researchers used a survey during two semesters, soliciting feedback from 60 students in undergraduate Statics courses. Responses indicated that providing worked examples greatly influenced student appeal toward an online homework system, and that the most preferred characteristics of any homework format were 1) the ability to attempt problems multiple times, 2) to stop/start at their own pace, 3) to receive immediate feedback, and 4) to receive detailed and valuable feedback. The findings of this study can guide educators, administrators, and software designers towards formats that meet the preferences of current undergraduate engineering students.