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User Data Spectrum Theory: Collecting, Interpreting, And Implementing User Data In Organizations, Andrea J. Peer Jan 2017

User Data Spectrum Theory: Collecting, Interpreting, And Implementing User Data In Organizations, Andrea J. Peer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Organizations interested in increasing their user experience (UX) capacity lack the tools they need to know how to do so. This dissertation addresses this challenge via three major research efforts: 1) the creation of User Data Spectrum theory and a User Data Spectrum survey for helping organizations better invest resources to grow their UX capacity, 2) a new UX method and model for organizations that want to capitalize on spoken words from end users called Rapid Meaningful Scenarios (RMS), and 3) a recommendation for UX education in response to the current ACM SIGCHI education Living Curriculum initiative. The User Data ...


Exploring The Role Of Large-Scale Immersive Computing Environments In Collaboration Between Engineering And Design Students, Meisha Nicole Rosenberg Jan 2015

Exploring The Role Of Large-Scale Immersive Computing Environments In Collaboration Between Engineering And Design Students, Meisha Nicole Rosenberg

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

In order to solve the engineering challenges of today, multidisciplinary collaboration is essential. Unfortunately there are many obstacles to communication between disciplines, such as incongruent vocabularies and mismatched knowledge bases, which can make collaboration difficult. The silos separating disciplines, created through focused educational curriculum, are also a large barrier. During their education, designers and engineers are encouraged to employ specific methods unique to their discipline to share ideas with their peers. In many cases, however, these methods do not translate between disciplines, making it challenging for two groups to exchange ideas and perspectives effectively. There are, however, some tools that ...


Understanding The User In Online Education, Ryan Gary Wilson Jan 2015

Understanding The User In Online Education, Ryan Gary Wilson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Online education is an important part of the modern higher education system. For universities, online education means being able to increase enrollment, supporting students who would not normally be able to attend campus for reasons such as employment, family, etc. For online students, online education allows for a flexibility in their education that was not possible before the invention of online education. Students taking online classes can benefit from time shifting their education, allowing for them to take classes when external conflicts would typically not allow them to meet at a specified time. Students living at a distance from campus ...


A Game-Based Learning Approach To Increase Female Participation In Science, Technology, Engineering, And Mathematics Fields, Desmond Carletus Bonner Jan 2015

A Game-Based Learning Approach To Increase Female Participation In Science, Technology, Engineering, And Mathematics Fields, Desmond Carletus Bonner

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The game Sorceress of Seasons was developed to teach fundamental concepts of python programming to middle school students with the goal of increasing enthusiasm in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, especially for middle school female students.

Currently there is a significant lack of professionals in STEM fields in the United States. Specifically, women are underrepresented in STEM fields, despite making up half of the workforce. Career interests are often developed in the middle school years; thus increase the pool of STEM professionals, , it is necessary to spark interest in STEM at an early age.

A Game based ...


Design Research On Systems Thinking Approach In Veterinary Education, Li-Shan Tao Jan 2015

Design Research On Systems Thinking Approach In Veterinary Education, Li-Shan Tao

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to investigate the application of a newly designed systems approach to the problem of students' lack of big-picture experience in the College of Veterinary Medicine. To determine whether students' performance on problem-solving for various scenarios improved after intervention , a design research methodology was adopted to develop a systems-approach teaching and learning environment. Three iterations were conducted, with improvements to the instructional approach following each of the first two iterations.

The results supported the hypothesis that instructional intervention led to modest but statistically significant increases in students' use of system thinking across the three experimental ...


Igaty: An Archetype-Based Interactive Generative Abstraction System Focusing On Museum Interior Archetypes, Joori Suh Jan 2015

Igaty: An Archetype-Based Interactive Generative Abstraction System Focusing On Museum Interior Archetypes, Joori Suh

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Archetype in Greek means an original model that prevails in all later forms of variations, combinations, and transformations. In the field of design, types and archetypes have been used as an analytical tool; unfortunately, archetypes have not been perceived as promising prospects in the search for creative ideas, and the dynamic transformative quality embedded in archetypes has not been fully utilized among students and designers. Despite its inherent potential as sources of ideas for future invention, a number of scholars have criticized the typological approach to design for its exclusive nature primarily due to a misunderstanding of its fundamental structure ...


The Testing Effect In General Chemistry: Effects Of Repeated Testing On Student Performance Across Different Test Modes, Anna Agripina Prisacari Jan 2015

The Testing Effect In General Chemistry: Effects Of Repeated Testing On Student Performance Across Different Test Modes, Anna Agripina Prisacari

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Research on the testing effect shows that practice tests are more effective than additional studying for enhancing learning. However, there has been little research directly addressing the role of additional testing when students take paper-based or computer-based tests in college courses. Accordingly, the purpose of this study was to investigate the role of the testing effect and test mode on student performance.

The participants were 664 general chemistry students from two large universities in the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest. After covering the test material in their course, students completed two proctored practice tests that included 17 algorithmic question pairs ...


The Development And Use Of A Web-Based Assessment To Measure Students' Use Of Representations In General Chemistry, Jack Polifka Jan 2015

The Development And Use Of A Web-Based Assessment To Measure Students' Use Of Representations In General Chemistry, Jack Polifka

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Being able to use representations is a fundamental skill in chemistry. It is important for instructors to make sure that students are proficient in using them in the classroom. Until now, research related to students' use of representations as mainly focused on the knowledge differences between experts vs novices and what misconceptions students have while using representations. This study sought to contribute to that research by investigating which types of representations students use by the way of a web-based assessment which was able to track student representation use, including time spent accessing specific representations within a set of five possibilities ...


Exploring The Quality, Usability, And Use Of Learning Objects In Introductory Statistics Classrooms, Rachel Jean Graham Jan 2014

Exploring The Quality, Usability, And Use Of Learning Objects In Introductory Statistics Classrooms, Rachel Jean Graham

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The studies included in this dissertation were completed for the purposes of exploring the nature of learning object (LO) use in introductory statistics classrooms and providing information about the quality of existing, freely-accessible online statistics LOs. Publication-ready manuscripts were written to describe the procedures and outcomes of each study. The first paper summarizes the results of a survey of LO use completed by high school and post-secondary statistics educators. The second paper in this dissertation describes an expert evaluation to investigate the quality of existing statistics applets designed to explain sampling distributions of sample means. The results of this evaluation ...


Evaluating A Cognitive Tool Built To Aid Decision Making Using Decision Making Approach As A Theoretical Framework And Using Unobtrusive, Behavior-Based Measures For Analysis, Ryan Allen Kirk Jan 2014

Evaluating A Cognitive Tool Built To Aid Decision Making Using Decision Making Approach As A Theoretical Framework And Using Unobtrusive, Behavior-Based Measures For Analysis, Ryan Allen Kirk

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Previously I designed and built an interface with the purpose of augmenting decision making within a particular curricular decision making context. The present study explores the usability of the newly created cognitive tool through analyzing its impact upon facilitating decision making. The introduction discusses how different types of cognitive tools facilitate decision making from a cognitive perspective. The present study examines the newly created dashboard by first breaking it into its five constituent regions. The methods section discusses the hypothesized function and usage patterns of each region. The primary research question was whether these different regions would cause participants to ...


A Model For Measuring Student Persistence Through Collaborative Learning, Dawn Delaine Laux Jan 2014

A Model For Measuring Student Persistence Through Collaborative Learning, Dawn Delaine Laux

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Institutions of higher education are being called upon to provide a more robust pathway to a college degree and improve upon the advanced workforce for the needs of the 21st century. As 21st century skills call for an employee to successfully work collaboratively in groups, an increase in technology adoption, globalization and increased competition are among the factors that make collaboration one of the most important skills that employers insist that individuals obtain today. An active learning environment through collaborative learning techniques has been encouraged in higher education as a means of improving student engagement (Freeman, Eddy, McDonough, Smith, Okoroafor ...