Assessment of the Effectiveness of SAMS in Teaching Materials Science

The effectiveness of the first efforts to integrate spreadsheets into the materials science curriculum was evaluated by surveying the students at the beginning and end of the quarter. The teaching assistants who actually worked side-by-side with the students were also surveyed. A couple of community colleges in the area have used one or more of these modules and their comments have helped guide further development of this project. The results of these surveys and instructor comments are offered here so that you can see how things have turned out so far.

The following links take you to pages that summarize the results and comments mentioned above. A more detailed description of our experiences implementing spreadsheets in an introductory materials science course have been published in the proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition. Please note that data not included in the paper are included in the following pages.