Engaging in homework development: TARSIS platform as an innovative learning methodology
socio-cultural vision of education
mixed method research
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AbstractThe paramount importance of active pedagogical learning for the development of skills and competences is now unquestionable. &nbsp;However, homework assignments in engineering courses are still passive learning instruments that often appear as requirements rather than learning tools. &nbsp;This issue arises due that the teaching team usually does not have the capabilities to provide real-time feedback, neither to enable students to fix errors on a timely manner to enhance the process of learning. &nbsp;To overcome this challenge, we developed a novel Blended-like methodology for homework assignments called TARSIS. &nbsp;This methodology uses a platform to boosts the contribution of homework assignments in the learning process by using an attempt mechanism for online solution, combined with a real-time feedback scheme in both virtual and face-to-face environments. The platform is very intuitive to use and offers full flexibility for self-paced learning. &nbsp;In this study, we describe the methodology and use a mixed-method research approach to assess the performance of TARSIS. Results indicate that students enrolled with TARSIS achieved higher performance in both homework assignments and exams. &nbsp;Furthermore, students’ perceptions demonstrate higher enthusiasm and motivation towards the value of homework assignments as mechanisms to promote learning processes.