Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

2007 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings


12.672.1 - 12.672.9

Conference Name

2007 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii


Physical simulations have a proven record as a teaching tool. Concepts that are often hard to grasp are made easy by the use of physical simulation activities. The constructivism learning theory suggests that people learn better by actively participating in the process of learning. According to the Encyclopedia of Educational Technology, "Simulation-based learning involves the placement of a student into a realistic scenario or situation. The student is then responsible for any changes that occur as a result of their decisions." A number of physical simulation based tools have been developed by the author for use as instructional tools to enhance student learning. A description of each of these tools is provided along with their implementation in the class-room environment. A number of these tools were pilot tested in the computer integrated manufacturing course in the mechanical engineering technology program. Student evaluations indicate a marked increase in learning and comprehension of manufacturing concepts.


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Original Publication Citation

Verma, A. (2007). Enhancing student learning in engineering technology programs? A case for physical simulations. Paper presented at the 2007 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii.