Flight simulation based case study to compare student learning, performance and retention
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Student learning and retention as a function of the mode of teaching is analyzed in this study. Different groups of students are given information about aircraft flight operations either via lecture, through directed study, a combination of the two or through a pre-recorded flight demonstration video. Their level of learning is assessed by evaluating how well they fly an aircraft and perform a predefined mission using a flight simulator. Scores of different groups are compared qualitatively and quantitatively and students are surveyed after the flight. It is found that students that learn through watching a demonstration video tend to perform better than all other groups. Additionally, it is discovered that students that have access to literature beforehand and receive a lecture prior to the flight perform better than those that only review the literature or only receive a lecture before the simulation. So a combination of teaching modes tend to reinforce the concepts and therefore increases student performance. Also, the efficacy of the hands-on learning in a laboratory environment is discussed.
Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Khalid, Adeel, "Flight simulation based case study to compare student learning, performance and retention" (2021). Faculty Publications. 5256.