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A Comparison Of Platform Configurations For Robotics Development Within Ros2, Raspberry Pi, Andwebots, Katherine Gist, Diane T. Rover, Phillip H. Jones III 2020 Iowa State University

A Comparison Of Platform Configurations For Robotics Development Within Ros2, Raspberry Pi, Andwebots, Katherine Gist, Diane T. Rover, Phillip H. Jones Iii

ASEE North Midwest Section Annual Conference 2020 Publications

Background: The field of robotics continues to expand with new, progressive technologies. The vast ecosystem of robotics, with its countless routes, is initially challenging to navigate. It is even more so during a season of virtual instruction. Creating strategic entrance points for the incoming students merits consideration. Purpose: Our aim is to provide a way for students to explore three critical areas in robotics: the physical robot (hardware), the simulated robot (digital twin), and the operating system and code (controller).
Method: We explore options for integrating two advanced robot development frameworks (i.e. Robot Operating System 2 (ROS2) and Webots ...


A New Method For Biomechanical Data Acquisition In Remote Laboratory Delivery During The Covid-19 Pandemic, Ahmed M. Sayed 2020 Milwaukee School of Engineering

A New Method For Biomechanical Data Acquisition In Remote Laboratory Delivery During The Covid-19 Pandemic, Ahmed M. Sayed

ASEE North Midwest Section Annual Conference 2020 Publications

Background: Delivery of a hands-on laboratory experience is a real challenge in the present pandemic environment. Many instructors tend to acquire and record experimental data, and then instruct their students to analyze such data to produce results and lab reports in an online course mode. Such a process considerably diminishes students’ motivation, engagement, and eagerness to explore further knowledge, as students appreciate more experimental data that they gather themselves. Such drawbacks are even more profound in a practical field such as biomechanics, where students need to feel the sense of kinematic and kinetic data of their own body motions and ...


A Community Of Practice Approach To Integrating Professional Skills Training With Graduate Thesis Research, Shan Jiang, Ann M. Gansemer-Topf, Nigel Forest Reuel, Gul E. Okudan-Kremer, Qing Li, Rebecca Mort 2020 Iowa State University

A Community Of Practice Approach To Integrating Professional Skills Training With Graduate Thesis Research, Shan Jiang, Ann M. Gansemer-Topf, Nigel Forest Reuel, Gul E. Okudan-Kremer, Qing Li, Rebecca Mort

ASEE North Midwest Section Annual Conference 2020 Publications

Background. It is well recognized that current graduate education is too narrowly focused on thesis research. Graduate students have a strong desire to gain skills for their future career success beyond thesis research. This obvious gap in professional skill training in current graduate study also leads to the common student perception that professional skills beyond academic knowledge should only be gained after completion of thesis research.
Purpose. A new program is being developed to rigorously integrate professional skills training with thesis research. The approach is to establish learning communities of Graduates for Advancing Professional Skills (GAPS) to incorporate project management ...


Building Student Persistence With The Use Of Real-Time Feedback On Design Problems, John A. Mirth 2020 St. Cloud State University

Building Student Persistence With The Use Of Real-Time Feedback On Design Problems, John A. Mirth

ASEE North Midwest Section Annual Conference 2020 Publications

Background: This paper examines the use of a real-time feedback document to assist students in navigating design problems. The design problems are multi-step challenges that culminate in design specifications for a small system. Each problem can be solved using a predictable sequence of calculations. Students customize their specific problem by inserting their own performance parameters to develop a solution that is unique for each student.
Purpose: Two challenges associated with design problems are those of providing effective feedback to students and of grading final submissions that are unique to each student. The research described proposes the use of a structured ...


Correlating Mechanics Of Materials Student Performance With Scores Of A Test Over Prerequisite Material, Nicholas Alan Smith, Roy Y. Myose, Syed J. Raza, Elizabeth Rollins 2020 Wichita State University

Correlating Mechanics Of Materials Student Performance With Scores Of A Test Over Prerequisite Material, Nicholas Alan Smith, Roy Y. Myose, Syed J. Raza, Elizabeth Rollins

ASEE North Midwest Section Annual Conference 2020 Publications

Background – It can be difficult to differentiate the effects of curriculum and instructional changes from differences in student preparation and capabilities. Purpose – In this work we will determine whether a test over prerequisite material from Statics and Calculus can be useful in predicting performance in Mechanics of Materials courses.
Method –This “pre-test” involves the application of concepts and knowledge through problem solving rather than multiple-choice questions alone. This pre-test was administered to 692 students in 19 sections taught by three different instructors over four years at Wichita State University.
Conclusions – Results show that pre-test scores given at the beginning of ...


An Augmented Reality Multimedia Learning Platform Assisting Online Lecture Delivery Of Engineering Classes: An Hvac Course, Huojan Yang, Jiaming Zhao, Tianyi Liang, Siqing Zheng, Nikolas R. Kukert, Jun Kong 2020 North Dakota State University--Fargo

An Augmented Reality Multimedia Learning Platform Assisting Online Lecture Delivery Of Engineering Classes: An Hvac Course, Huojan Yang, Jiaming Zhao, Tianyi Liang, Siqing Zheng, Nikolas R. Kukert, Jun Kong

ASEE North Midwest Section Annual Conference 2020 Publications

Background: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has recently resulted in an emergent shift of traditional instruction to (presumably temporary) online delivery, and many students were not able to participate in practical activities (e.g., laboratory experiments) due to inaccessible or unavailable “brick and mortar” laboratories. Purpose: This works-in-progress paper developed a multimedia learning platform with virtual laboratory modules through an Augmented Reality (AR) environment, where virtual objects (augmented components) are superimposed onto a real learning setting during online lecture instruction. Specifically, to facilitate students’ gaining practical skills, a library of virtual objects were established for the main physical components or systems ...


Developing A Substation Design Curriculum For Electronics Engineering Technology, Filipe Santos Araujo, Erik A. Mayer 2020 Pittsburg State University

Developing A Substation Design Curriculum For Electronics Engineering Technology, Filipe Santos Araujo, Erik A. Mayer

ASEE North Midwest Section Annual Conference 2020 Publications

Background: The latest technologies have created an increasing demand for the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity. Substations are a crucial segment of our power grid. Substations are used to step-up voltages for the long-distance transmission of energy and to stepdown voltages for industrial and residential use. The demand for substation design curriculum was discussed at a meeting of the Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC) for EET. Members of the IAC consisted of professionals from Black & Veatch and other companies that work with power systems such as substations and switchgear. The curriculum was developed in close cooperation with Black & Veatch to shape the curriculum with a practical approach.
Purpose: This paper describes the development of a substation design curriculum to be used in an Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) program at Pittsburg State University (PSU).
Method: In 2019, a PSU faculty participated in a series of NSF sponsored workshops for facilitating the teaching of electric energy (Workshops for Facilitating Faculty to Teach Electric Energy Courses for Combating Climate Change, 2019) since the EET faculty did not have a strong background in power systems. In addition, a graduate assistant with a background in power systems was recruited to create the substation design curriculum. In the same year, a visit to Black & Veatch was conducted where the substation design process was presented to a PSU faculty and the graduate assistant. It was discussed what topics should be included in the curriculum. In 2020, the substation design curriculum was introduced into an existing Electric Power course. The substation curriculum included lectures on the basics of generation, transmission, and distribution; substation components; one-line diagrams; and circuit breaker topologies. The curriculum also consisted of two labs which used the PowerWorld software and an exam. A guest ...


Faculty And Student Perceptions On Shared Teaching Materials For Advanced Manufacturing (Stam): Building Momentum Through Workshops, Richard Wysk, Gul E. Okudan Kremer 2020 North Carolina State University

Faculty And Student Perceptions On Shared Teaching Materials For Advanced Manufacturing (Stam): Building Momentum Through Workshops, Richard Wysk, Gul E. Okudan Kremer

ASEE North Midwest Section Annual Conference 2020 Publications

In this paper, we summarize the outcomes of the two workshops aimed at speeding up the transition of research-based advanced manufacturing knowledge into course curriculum for technology and engineering programs. Advanced manufacturing technologies have opened up the realm for new products that only a decade ago were considered unproducible. For example metals 3D Printing has almost no geometric limitations, which allows engineers to develop mesh–based products. Unfortunately, the educational system that serves to educate the majority of manufacturing technicians and engineers still utilizes many of the same curriculum resources for these emerging areas (textbooks, traditional lectures, etc.), frequently creating ...


Staying Connected – Interactive Student Learning During The Covid Transition To Remote Learning, Jeffrey A. Starke, Margaret L. McNamara, Richard J. Povinelli, Daniela Castillo-Perez, L. Noelle Brigham 2020 Marquette University

Staying Connected – Interactive Student Learning During The Covid Transition To Remote Learning, Jeffrey A. Starke, Margaret L. Mcnamara, Richard J. Povinelli, Daniela Castillo-Perez, L. Noelle Brigham

ASEE North Midwest Section Annual Conference 2020 Publications

Background. How can we transition courses in one week, while maintaining a similar experience for students? This was probably the initial response by faculty across universities as they transitioned to remote learning, mid-semester, in response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Our approach is supported by the ICAP framework which posits that “as activities move from passive to active to constructive to interactive, students undergo different knowledge-change processes and, as a result, learning will increase.” (Chi and Wylie, 2014)
Purpose/Hypothesis. How we could foster students’ interactions with course material, instructors, and their peers using collaborative technology and course activities? It was ...


Critical And Liberative Theories: Applications In Engineering Education, Corin L. Bowen, Aaron W. Johnson 2020 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Critical And Liberative Theories: Applications In Engineering Education, Corin L. Bowen, Aaron W. Johnson

ASEE North Midwest Section Annual Conference 2020 Publications

Background. Higher educational programs in engineering today are seeking to correct disproportionately low enrollment and success rates of minoritized students. However, most diversity-related programming fails to address systems of structural oppression that cause particular students to be underrepresented in higher education. In addition, typical engineering pedagogical methods fail to address the reality and impacts of structural oppression, as educators cannot overcome the effects of structurally oppressive systems through traditional methods of controlling classroom and curriculum.
Purpose. This paper explores the relationship between existing critical and liberative theories and engineering educational systems and re-frames the goals and problems of diversity and ...


Industrial Experience And Disciplinary Knowledge Impact On Creative Outcomes In A Making Context: A Case Study Of Graduate Level Industrial Engineering Course, Wafa Batayneh, Richard T. Stone, Gul E. Okudan Kremer 2020 Jordan University of Science and Technology

Industrial Experience And Disciplinary Knowledge Impact On Creative Outcomes In A Making Context: A Case Study Of Graduate Level Industrial Engineering Course, Wafa Batayneh, Richard T. Stone, Gul E. Okudan Kremer

ASEE North Midwest Section Annual Conference 2020 Publications

Background: Design and creativity are essential elements of problem-solving.
Purpose:
The purpose of the research presented herein is to identify the impacts of learning in different study programs on students’ abilities to generate and implement creative design solutions.
Design/Method: An experiment was designed and conducted within the context of a semester-long graduate engineering course titled “Human-Centered Design and Manufacturing” at a large American public university. The experiment featured classroom data collection from an experimental cohort at four different stages of an intervention using a questionnaire. Results were then compared to those of a control group’s.
Results: Preliminary results ...


A Hybrid Mechanics Of Materials Course Part 2: Study Of The Effect Of A Sudden Change To Fully-Online Format, Roy Y. Myrose, Elizabeth Rollins 2020 Wichita State University

A Hybrid Mechanics Of Materials Course Part 2: Study Of The Effect Of A Sudden Change To Fully-Online Format, Roy Y. Myrose, Elizabeth Rollins

ASEE North Midwest Section Annual Conference 2020 Publications

The recent COVID-19 health crisis caused universities worldwide to move suddenly to an online format during the middle of the spring semester. This change in class format provides a unique opportunity to study the effect of this abrupt shift to online learning on student performance. In order to develop a baseline, the performance of 79 students in two sections of a hybrid Mechanics of Materials course during the face-to-face portion in the spring of 2020 was compared to the past performance of 461 students in 13 sections taught by the same instructor in a similar fashion. Using this comparison as ...


A Hybrid Mechanics Of Materials Course Part 1: Evolution Of The Course To Improve Student Performance And Retention, Roy Y. Myose, Foo Ngai Kok, Elizabeth Rollins 2020 Wichita State University

A Hybrid Mechanics Of Materials Course Part 1: Evolution Of The Course To Improve Student Performance And Retention, Roy Y. Myose, Foo Ngai Kok, Elizabeth Rollins

ASEE North Midwest Section Annual Conference 2020 Publications

A hybrid Mechanics of Materials course consisting of recorded lecture videos and face-to-face class meetings was developed. Initial offerings of the hybrid course resulted in a drop in average student performance by – 0.18 grade points as well as a reduction in the student pass rate of 3%. Over time, average student performance in the course improved; however, the student pass rate remained relatively constant. A number of ad hoc internal studies by the hybrid course instructors were conducted to attempt to determine the factors contributing to the reduction in the student pass rate. A test over prerequisite Statics and ...


Summer Engagement In Cyber Undergraduate Research Experiences (Secure), Douglas W. Jacobson, Diane T. Rover, Joseph Zambreno, Allegra Frickel 2020 Iowa State University

Summer Engagement In Cyber Undergraduate Research Experiences (Secure), Douglas W. Jacobson, Diane T. Rover, Joseph Zambreno, Allegra Frickel

ASEE North Midwest Section Annual Conference 2020 Publications

Background: This virtual initiative, called Summer Engagement in Cyber Undergraduate Research Experiences (SECURE), was established as a response to support students who may have lost summer internships and/or have financial hardships due to COVID-19. Several students in the program were NSF S-STEM scholars, a mix of computer engineering, cyber security engineering, electrical engineering and software engineering students.
Purpose/Hypothesis: The main question addressed by this initiative was whether we could build a virtual undergraduate research experience that enabled students to apply their studies and knowledge similarly as they would in a traditional summer internship. Goals for the experience included ...


The Investigation Of The Relationship Between Emotional Engagement And Creativity, Elif Elcin Gunay, Chih-Yuan Chu, Liyuani De Jesus Delgado Tapia, Omar El Menoufy, Ani Yam, Shibani Raje, Rafal Jonczyk, Danille S. Dickson, Janet van Hell, Zahed Siddique, Gul E. Okudan-Kremer 2020 Iowa State University

The Investigation Of The Relationship Between Emotional Engagement And Creativity, Elif Elcin Gunay, Chih-Yuan Chu, Liyuani De Jesus Delgado Tapia, Omar El Menoufy, Ani Yam, Shibani Raje, Rafal Jonczyk, Danille S. Dickson, Janet Van Hell, Zahed Siddique, Gul E. Okudan-Kremer

ASEE North Midwest Section Annual Conference 2020 Publications

Background - One of the most critical challenges in engineering education is improving students’ divergent thinking skills. Usually, we observe students’ fixating on only one single solution for engineering problems. However, their ability to think outside the box and provide alternative solutions should be developed. Research shows that engagement may foster the development of thoughts and boost creativity.
Purpose/Hypothesis – Our aim was to investigate students’ engagement with tasks that inspire different facets of creativity (verbal, numeric, and visual). Considering the role of demographics in student engagement, we explored the relationship between their engagement level and demographic traits such as gender ...


Correlation Of Student Participation In Practice Exams And Actual Exam Performance, Antonette T. Cummings 2020 University of Wisconsin - Platteville

Correlation Of Student Participation In Practice Exams And Actual Exam Performance, Antonette T. Cummings

ASEE North Midwest Section Annual Conference 2020 Publications

Background: Practice exams are a type of formative feedback. These can be administered through learning management systems such as D2L and Canvas as low stakes assessment. This paper intends to show the relationship between students’ participation in online practice exams and their scores on the actual exams.
Research Questions: Does participation in timed, online practice exams correlate with improved actual exam performance on similar questions? Does a correct answer in a timed, online practice exam correlate with obtaining the correct answer on the actual exam on a similar question? Does participation in timed, online practice exams correlate with improved overall ...


Engineering Creativity: Prior Experience Modulates Electrophysiological Responses To Novel Metaphors, Rafal Jończyk, Gül E. Okudan Kremer, Zahed Siddique, Janet G. van Hell 2020 Adam Mickiewicz University and Pennsylvania State University

Engineering Creativity: Prior Experience Modulates Electrophysiological Responses To Novel Metaphors, Rafal Jończyk, Gül E. Okudan Kremer, Zahed Siddique, Janet G. Van Hell

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

Novel metaphorical language use exemplifies human creativity through production and comprehension of meaningful linguistic expressions that may have never been heard before. Available electrophysiological research demonstrates, however, that novel metaphor comprehension is cognitively costly, as it requires integrating information from distantly related concepts. Herein, we investigate if such cognitive cost may be reduced as a factor of prior domain knowledge. To this end, we asked engineering and nonengineering students to read for comprehension literal, novel metaphorical, and anomalous sentences related to engineering or general knowledge, while undergoing EEG recording. Upon reading each sentence, participants were asked to judge whether or ...


Using Schema Training To Facilitate Students' Understanding Of Challenging Engineering Concepts In Heat Transfer And Thermodynamics, Dazhi Yang, Ruth Streveler, Ronald L. Miller, Inanc Senocak, Jim Slotta 2020 Boise State University

Using Schema Training To Facilitate Students' Understanding Of Challenging Engineering Concepts In Heat Transfer And Thermodynamics, Dazhi Yang, Ruth Streveler, Ronald L. Miller, Inanc Senocak, Jim Slotta

Educational Technology Faculty Publications and Presentations

Background: Chi and colleagues have argued that some of the most challenging engineering concepts exhibit properties of emergent systems. However, students often lack a mental framework, or schema, for understanding emergence. Slotta and Chi posited that helping students develop a schema for emergent systems, referred to as schema training, would increase the understanding of challenging concepts exhibiting emergent properties.

Purpose: We tested the effectiveness of schema training and explored the nature of challenging concepts from thermodynamics and heat transfer. We investigated if schema training could (a) repair misconceptions in advanced engineering students and (b) prevent them in beginning engineering students ...


Elementary Teachers’ Mental Images Of Engineers At Work, Rebekah Hammack, Juliana Utley, Toni Ivey, Karen High 2020 Montana State University

Elementary Teachers’ Mental Images Of Engineers At Work, Rebekah Hammack, Juliana Utley, Toni Ivey, Karen High

Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research (J-PEER)

The purpose of the current study was to determine the impacts of a multiple-day engineering-focused professional development program on elementary teachers’ perceptions of the work of engineers and their use of mathematics and science. Data were collected in the form of drawings of engineers prior to and immediately after the professional development program as well as an open-ended exit survey at the end of the program. Participants’ drawings were scored in the following areas: use of mathematics, use of science, and work of an engineer. Wilcoxon signed-rank tests revealed that the only significant change between measures was in ‘‘work of ...


The Importance Of Collaborative Design For Narrowing The Gender Gap In Engineering: An Analysis Of Engineering Identity Development In Elementary Students, Mandy McLean, Jasmine M. Nation, Alexis Spina, Tyler Susko, Danielle Harlow, Julie Bianchini 2020 University of California, Santa Barbara

The Importance Of Collaborative Design For Narrowing The Gender Gap In Engineering: An Analysis Of Engineering Identity Development In Elementary Students, Mandy Mclean, Jasmine M. Nation, Alexis Spina, Tyler Susko, Danielle Harlow, Julie Bianchini

Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research (J-PEER)

Research suggests that, to narrow the gender gap in engineering, we should focus on helping young girls identify with engineering both because gendered attitudes emerge around kindergarten and because identity is more predictive than performance on persistence in the field. This qualitative study sought to understand the impact of collaborative engineering design on the development of engineering identities in elementary-school students and compared the findings across gender. We focused on three tiers of collaboration embedded into the engineering design process: peer groups, role models, and shared goals. More specifically, the elementary students worked in small teams and partnered with undergraduate ...


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