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Virtual Education Center For Biorenewable Resources: Humanizing Distance Education, Brandi N. Geisinger, D. Raj Raman, Karri M. Haen, Mari R. Kemis, Michael L. Pate Dec 2012

Virtual Education Center For Biorenewable Resources: Humanizing Distance Education, Brandi N. Geisinger, D. Raj Raman, Karri M. Haen, Mari R. Kemis, Michael L. Pate

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

Despite the obstacles to traditional distance education courses, distance education and social learning theorists suggest effective distance education courses can be developed. For this study, we designed a new distance education course model and attempted to 1) Test the effectiveness of the virtual education center model, understood through the lens of social learning and distance education theories; 2) Discuss potential improvements to the model; and 3) Build upon distance education and social learning theories. To achieve these goals, distance education courses were offered using the new model. Participating faculty and graduate assistants responded to a survey asking about their experiences ...


Holistic Student Professional Development In A Lean Manufacturing Course, Jacqulyn A. Baughman, Thomas J. Brumm Nov 2012

Holistic Student Professional Development In A Lean Manufacturing Course, Jacqulyn A. Baughman, Thomas J. Brumm

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

The audience will understand the need for a “holistic” student professional development approach using competency-assessment and backwards design. Specifically, the course design and approach can help provide U.S. manufacturers with the employees they need in order to implement and sustain a lean manufacturing structure vital for competitiveness.


Student Professional Development: Competency-Based Learning And Assessment, Jacqulyn A. Baughman, Thomas J. Brumm Nov 2012

Student Professional Development: Competency-Based Learning And Assessment, Jacqulyn A. Baughman, Thomas J. Brumm

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

The audience will understand the need for student professional development, as well as, the role that competencies and the 360-degree feedback assessment process play. Additionally, a foundational framework for further research studies in competency-based learning and assessment will be presented.


Evaluating Program Outcomes Via Decision Making Simulations, Steven A. Freeman, Nir Keren Nov 2012

Evaluating Program Outcomes Via Decision Making Simulations, Steven A. Freeman, Nir Keren

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Decision making-based methodology was proposed for evaluating program outcomes. The methodology was tested to measure the effect of safety enhancing curriculum on Safety Awareness, one of the 15 competencies ABE is using in program outcome evaluations. The results indicated a significant increase in safety awareness and shift in cognitive processes following implementation of the curriculum. Since ABE measures competencies via supervisory evaluation of graduates, the authors examine the opportunity of developing a longitudinal study for measuring the magnitude of impact of curriculum on outcomes at the workplace.


Continuous Improvement Of Program Outcomes Through Assessing Student Demonstration Of Workplace Competencies, Mark A. Laingen Nov 2012

Continuous Improvement Of Program Outcomes Through Assessing Student Demonstration Of Workplace Competencies, Mark A. Laingen

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Student-centered, learning-based educational systems place demands on institutions to provide evidence that students have achieved competency in defined program outcomes. Experiential learning environments provide a platform for students to demonstrate competency of program learning outcomes. Key actions that provide quantitative measures to assess competency of learning outcomes ensure the ability to assess changes in learning outcome competencies. Data collected from these assessments translate into achievement of the program outcomes. The ability to convert workplace competencies into curriculum strengths and deficiencies is valuable for continuous improvement of the program curricula. In this presentation, I will present my study how ISU has ...


Impact Of Two Course Content Delivery Systems On Student Learning, Darren H. Jarboe, D. Raj Raman Jul 2012

Impact Of Two Course Content Delivery Systems On Student Learning, Darren H. Jarboe, D. Raj Raman

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

In 2007, a USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant funded the creation of a Virtual Education Center (VEC) for Biorenewable Resources at three partner land grant institutions. Three new courses are taught through the VEC, each using multiple instructors and exchanges of video lectures between sites. The most heavily subscribed of these is a graduate survey course entitled Fundamentals of Biorenewable Resources. In this paper, we report on comparisons of two online delivery methods used in the fundamentals course: 1) a standard video lecture using a tablet computer, and 2) a self-contained menu-driven autotutorial presentations (MDAP) delivered via Adobe Flash. In ...


A Success Enhancement Program After The First Test In Freshman Engineering, Richard M. Bennett, William Schleter, D. Raj Raman Jun 2012

A Success Enhancement Program After The First Test In Freshman Engineering, Richard M. Bennett, William Schleter, D. Raj Raman

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

All first-year engineering students at the University of Tennessee take a common sequence of two-4 hour Physics for Engineers classes. The classes cover typical introduction to engineering topics, as well as basic physics concepts. The classes are divided into modules, with each module lasting approximately three weeks. There is a 50-minute test at the end of each module, which is worth 11% of the student’s grade.