Dr. John K. Estell, professor of computer engineering and computer science, and Dr. Walter W. Schilling Jr., BSEE ’97, of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, are co-authors of a paper presented at the 2013 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, held 23-26 June in Atlanta, Ga.
Titled “Enhancing Student Comprehension with Video Grading,” the paper lays out an alternative method for providing feedback to students that represents a natural extension to the “inverted classroom” where video lectures are viewed outside of the classroom so class time will be spent doing active learning. In lieu of written feedback, students are provided feedback for computer programming exercises through the use of a short video made via video screen capture and incorporating oral commentary by the instructor as the assignment is graded.The paper also included student perceptions of the technique, a comparison of faculty effort and assessments of the feedback mechanism used at both institutions.
Estell was also one of four participants on a panel discussing “The Future of Computing in Higher Education” during the ASEE Annual Conference. This panel focused on whether the recent developments of massive online open courses, the mobile computing paradigm, and the inverted classroom are finally bringing forth the long-predicted computer- and Internet-based educational revolution that so many have predicted. In his remarks, Estell argued for a student-centric approach toward the adoption of such computer-based educational technologies, calling for a careful examination being made prior to an adoption decision of how such technologies shape the learning experiences in, and affect the social environment of, the students and their classroom.
Estell currently serves as the chair of the Computers in Education Division of ASEE, and also served as one of five judges of the ASEE “Professional Interest Council – IV” Best Paper competition, which evaluated the best annual conference papers submitted this year from the 13 divisions that make up the council.