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Formation And Development Of Effective Student Teams To Facilitate Team-Based Learning, Gretchen A. Mosher Oct 2013

Formation And Development Of Effective Student Teams To Facilitate Team-Based Learning, Gretchen A. Mosher

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

The ability to work in an effective team has been identified by employers as a key skill for students entering the work force. Furthermore, a desire for active learning by both students and faculty has also increased the use of team-based learning. However, team-based learning also has its drawbacks – notably, managing conflict among team members, reconciling differing levels of effort by students, and the construction of a fair and effective method of assessment for teambased work. Highly developed and cohesive teams allow the focus of the classroom to be on engaged and transformative learning, yet previous research has focused mostly ...


Problem Framing Behavior In Statics And Thermodynamics, John K. Jackman, Stephen B. Gilbert, Gloria Starns, Matthew Hagge Jun 2013

Problem Framing Behavior In Statics And Thermodynamics, John K. Jackman, Stephen B. Gilbert, Gloria Starns, Matthew Hagge

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

When engineering students struggle with problems, it usually occurs in the problem framing stage when they are trying to identify the relevant principles and concepts and how they are related to each other (e.g., a free body diagram, vapor dome graph, state diagram). We are interested in identifying when students are experiencing difficulty in this problem framing stage so that we can provide meaningful formative assessment in terms of hints that helps them develop better problem solving skills. To identify when students are experiencing difficulty in problem framing, we collected data on student behavior as they solved problems with ...


Broadening Participation: A Report On A Series Of Workshops Aimed At Building Community And Increasing The Number Of Women And Minorities In Engineering Design, Katherine Fu, Tahira N. Reid, Janis P. Terpenny, Deborah Thurston, Judy M. Vance, Susan Finger, Gloria J. Wiens, Kazem Kazerounian, Janet Katherine Allen, Kathy Jacobson Jun 2013

Broadening Participation: A Report On A Series Of Workshops Aimed At Building Community And Increasing The Number Of Women And Minorities In Engineering Design, Katherine Fu, Tahira N. Reid, Janis P. Terpenny, Deborah Thurston, Judy M. Vance, Susan Finger, Gloria J. Wiens, Kazem Kazerounian, Janet Katherine Allen, Kathy Jacobson

Mechanical Engineering Conference Presentations, Papers, and Proceedings

Despite some progress in increasing the numbers of women and minorities in engineering over the past 30 years, their full participation in the discipline has yet to be achieved, particularly in engineering academia. One cause is the "leaky pipeline"; even after women and minorities choose to major in engineering, they drop out at rates higher than their counterparts along all career stages (undergraduate school, graduate school, tenure-track, etc.). Their small numbers creates isolation that has the unfortunate risks of struggle, less professional success, less sense of personal belonging, and less retention. Our hypothesis is that building a community that provides ...


Exploring Early College Credit Implications For Engineering, Karen A. Zunkel, Jason L. Pontius, Thomas J. Brumm Jun 2013

Exploring Early College Credit Implications For Engineering, Karen A. Zunkel, Jason L. Pontius, Thomas J. Brumm

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

In the past decade, increasing numbers of students are taking college credit courses while still in high school, through programs such as Advanced Placement or through agreements with the local community colleges. Recognizing this trend, an Iowa State University task force researched the impact that this early college credit (ECC) was having on both the student experience and the university. The study methodology included both quantitative and qualitative analyses, using student academic records, student surveys and focus groups, faculty focus groups, and review of institutional materials. This paper disaggregates institutional findings to compare the experiences of engineering and non-engineering students ...


Out-Of-Classroom Experiences: Bridging The Disconnect Between The Classroom, The Engineering Workforce, And Ethical Development, Brian A. Burt, Donald D. Carpenter, Matthew A. Holsapple, Cynthia J. Finelli, Rob M. Bielby, Janel A. Sutkus, Trevors S. Harding Jan 2013

Out-Of-Classroom Experiences: Bridging The Disconnect Between The Classroom, The Engineering Workforce, And Ethical Development, Brian A. Burt, Donald D. Carpenter, Matthew A. Holsapple, Cynthia J. Finelli, Rob M. Bielby, Janel A. Sutkus, Trevors S. Harding

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The extant research on engineering ethics instruction shows that students receive ethics instruction within the engineering curricula. Unfortunately, the methods used in engineering undergraduate classrooms are described as ‘‘abstract’’ and have mixed results related to impacting students’ ethical development. Thus, exploring how out-of-classroom experiences—as a curricular alternative—influences students’ ethical development is warranted. This is an exploratory investigation to determine how out-of-classroom experiences influence students’ ethical development. The authors define ethical development using three constructs: knowledge of ethics, ethical reasoning, and ethical behavior. We draw upon a conceptual model that suggests students’ ethical development is impacted by what takes ...


The Engineering Admissions Partnership Program: A Navigation Strategy For Community College Students Seeking A Pathway Into Engineering, Marcia R. Laugerman, Mack C. Shelley, Steven K. Mickelson, Diane T. Rover Jan 2013

The Engineering Admissions Partnership Program: A Navigation Strategy For Community College Students Seeking A Pathway Into Engineering, Marcia R. Laugerman, Mack C. Shelley, Steven K. Mickelson, Diane T. Rover

Political Science Publications

This paper presents the evaluation of a program designed to improve transfer outcomes for community college students pursuing an engineering degree. The program, the Engineering Admissions Partnership Program (E-APP), was designed to improve the navigational success of community college transfer students through connections to the university. These connections include coordinated academic advising, peer-mentoring, campus visits, and online social and professional networks. The objective of the study is to determine the efficacy of the E-APP and its interventions, which will be measured by increased participation rates and increased university retention rates for E-APP participants. Outcome data for the students are analyzed ...


Bringing Authoring Tools For Intelligent Tutoring Systems And Serious Games Closer Together: Integrating Gift With The Unity Game Engine, Colin Ray, Stephen B. Gilbert Jan 2013

Bringing Authoring Tools For Intelligent Tutoring Systems And Serious Games Closer Together: Integrating Gift With The Unity Game Engine, Colin Ray, Stephen B. Gilbert

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

In an effort to bring intelligent tutoring system (ITS) authoring tools closer to content authoring tools, the authors are working to integrate GIFT with the Unity game engine and editor. The paper begins by describing challenges faced by modern intelligent tutors and the motivation behind the integration effort, with special consideration given to how this work will better meet the needs of future serious games. The next three sections expand on these major hurdles more thoroughly, followed by proposed design enhancements that would allow GIFT to overcome these issues. Finally, an overview is given of the authors’ current progress towards ...


A Structural Equation Model Correlating Success In Engineering With Academic Variables For Community College Transfer Students, Marcia R. Laugerman, Mack C. Shelley Jan 2013

A Structural Equation Model Correlating Success In Engineering With Academic Variables For Community College Transfer Students, Marcia R. Laugerman, Mack C. Shelley

Statistics Conference Proceedings, Presentations and Posters

Student Enrollment and Engagement through Connections is a collaboration between a large Midwestern university and in-state community colleges (CCs) to increase success of transfers into engineering. This study explores predictors of completing a BS in engineering for CC transfers through a structural equation model. The model was estimated using academic variables from both institutions. The dataset includes 472 in-state CC transfer students admitted to the College of Engineering between 2002 and 2005. The model fits the data well (χ2=74.254, df=30, p<0.0001; RMSE=0.056, Comparative Fit Index=0.984, chi-square/df ratio=2.475). First spring University GPA and credit hours, CC transfer credits toward core engineering courses, first fall credit hours after transfer, first fall University GPA, and University core course GPA are significantly related to graduation in engineering. This research may help increase the success of CC transfers to engineering, emphasizing the importance of core engineering courses.


Authoring A Thermodynamics Cycle Tutor Using Gift, Mostafa Amin-Naseri, Enruo Guo, Stephen B. Gilbert, John K. Jackman, Matthew Hagge, Gloria Starns, Leann Faidly Jan 2013

Authoring A Thermodynamics Cycle Tutor Using Gift, Mostafa Amin-Naseri, Enruo Guo, Stephen B. Gilbert, John K. Jackman, Matthew Hagge, Gloria Starns, Leann Faidly

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

The main idea of generalized intelligent tutoring system (ITS) development tools like Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT) is to provide authors with high-level standards and a readily reusable structure within different domains. Hence, adapting such a tool could be the best way to boost an underdeveloped tutor. In this paper we propose the design for a new GIFT-based tutor for undergraduate thermodynamics. An existing Thermodynamics Cycle Tutor has been designed that is meant to facilitate problem framing for undergraduate students. We describe the advantages of integrating this tutor with GIFT to add student models. Also an approach for evaluating ...


Why They Leave: Understanding Student Attrition From Engineering Majors, Brandi N. Geisinger, D. Raj Raman Jan 2013

Why They Leave: Understanding Student Attrition From Engineering Majors, Brandi N. Geisinger, D. Raj Raman

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

A large number of students leave engineering majors prior to graduation despite efforts to increase retention rates. To improve retention rates in engineering programs, the reasons why students leave engineering must be determined. In this paper, we review the literature on attrition from engineering programs to identify the breadth of factors that contribute to students’ decisions to leave. Fifty studies on student attrition from engineering programs were included in the primary part of this literature review. In the second half of the work, an additional twenty-five studies that focused on methods of increasing student retention, were examined. Six broad factors ...


How Engineers Learn: A Study Of Problem-Based Learning In The Engineering Classroom And Implications For Course Design, Robert Mayer Jan 2013

How Engineers Learn: A Study Of Problem-Based Learning In The Engineering Classroom And Implications For Course Design, Robert Mayer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This paper presents two studies in the methods of problem-based learning (PBL), where students work in small groups to explore specific problems under the guidance of an instructor. PBL has proven to be highly-effective in engineering education, but there is still room to improve. PBL opponents charge that the unstructured learning environment characteristic of PBL is contrary to cognitive theories on how people learn. Proponents of PBL argue that it is designed to offer just enough structure that students will succeed at learning the material. Studies by Schmidt et al. (2007) suggest that the use of "scaffolds," structures that support ...