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EPSL Expedition -- Hands-on Learning for Freshman Engineering Students Robert Kackley, Julie Arnold, Stephen Fortune University of Maryland Engineering.

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1 EPSL Expedition -- Hands-on Learning for Freshman Engineering Students Robert Kackley, Julie Arnold, Stephen Fortune University of Maryland Engineering and Physical Sciences Library

2 Overview Introduction History of ENES 100 Orientations at EPSL Methodology Findings Conclusions

3 Introduction What is ENES 100? Literature Review – Engineers in the Workplace – Engineers as Students – Engineering Faculty – Implications

4 History of Instruction at EPSL 1 st round of orientation sessions ( ) – Informal, three groups of students gathered around computer terminal 2 nd round of orientation sessions ( ) – Instruction room, projected onto large screen; lecture-based New/Improved instruction sessions (EPSL Expedition) (2001-present) – Interactive, small groups complete assignment

5 Methodology Return rate – “end of semester” survey – 2000 (33%) – 2002 (54%) End of Semester Survey – 2000 and 2002 – 1) Research/Computer Habits – 2) Usefulness of Library Instruction class – 3) Match Information Need to Resource – 4) Most Useful Resource – 4) Comments End of Class Evaluations for ALL sections

6 Computer/Study Habits

7 Usefulness of Instruction

8 Information Needs “Quiz”

9 Results of Quiz Books % (chose “Catalog”) 2002 – 56% (chose “Catalog”) Patents 2000 – 12% (chose a Patent database) 2002 – 34% (chose a Patent database)

10 Results of Quiz (continued) Journal Articles 2000 – 16% (chose a subscription database) 2002 – 43% (chose a subscription database)

11 Useful Resources

12 Conclusions Comments Students learn more through interactive approach Remaining problems/issues Continuous evaluation will provide more answers Thank you!

13 Contact Information Robert Kackley, MLS Julie Arnold, MLS Stephen Fortune

14 Presentation: Paper: Arnold, J., Kackley, R. & Fortune, S. (Spring 2003) Hands on Learning for Freshman Engineering Students. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. Where to locate…


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