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On-Line Fe Exam Review Course Results In Effective Instructional Model
A 2020 redesign of “Engineering Practice and Professional Licensure,” The Citadel’s review course designed to prepare students to pass the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering – Civil Exam, resulted in a considerable increase in pass rates over 2019. Key to growth in the pass rate was a partnership with a widely respected computer-based testing (CBT) provider, PPE Headquarters out of Canada. This company’s platform provided students the opportunity to individualize their curriculum and to access on-line study questions, preparation materials, and solutions, which reference relevant pages in the Fundamentals of Engineering Reference Handbook (FERH). The duration of each class, access to a full-time professor, and time available in the lab did not change. Weekly, student progress was celebrated publicly when the professor posted (anonymously) time spent on modules, the number of tests completed, and the accuracy. “Student experts,” who were available throughout the class, answered questions and provided peer guidance. At the end of the semester the student pass rate had measurably improved.