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Teaching Large Courses Using Online Technologies: Lessons Learned And Future Challenges, Gretchen A. Mosher, Steven A. Freeman Nov 2011

Teaching Large Courses Using Online Technologies: Lessons Learned And Future Challenges, Gretchen A. Mosher, Steven A. Freeman

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Courses delivered entirely online allow universities to enroll a large number of students, but these large classes pose several challenges to educators. Two major challenges of large online learning environments are the development of appropriate learning activities and the encouragement of significant learning interactions between students. This presentation will discuss strategies used to encourage participatory learning and student interaction in a technology course with an enrollment of 170-200 students. Recommendations for managing other details of large courses in an online format will also be offered.


Student Perceptions Of A Hybrid Textile Science Course, Sara B. Marcketti, Carmen Nicole Keist, Laurel Dawn Romeo Nov 2011

Student Perceptions Of A Hybrid Textile Science Course, Sara B. Marcketti, Carmen Nicole Keist, Laurel Dawn Romeo

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Online, hybrid/blended and other distance education courses are used by colleges and universities as an instructional tool to meet budget and population growth needs. Advantages of hybrid courses include self paced leaning, ability to review course content, convenience, and exploration of topics through additional weblinks.


A Novel Interdisciplinary Course In Gerontechnology For Disseminating Computational Thinking, Hen-I Yang, Peter Martin, Debra Satterfield, Ryan Babbitt, Johnny S. Wong, Mack C. Shelley, Carl K. Chang Oct 2011

A Novel Interdisciplinary Course In Gerontechnology For Disseminating Computational Thinking, Hen-I Yang, Peter Martin, Debra Satterfield, Ryan Babbitt, Johnny S. Wong, Mack C. Shelley, Carl K. Chang

Political Science Presentations and Posters

While specialized knowledge and skills are the hallmark of modern society, the size and complexity of contemporary problems often require cooperative effort to analyze and solve. Therefore, experiences with skills, methodologies, and tools for effective interdisciplinary collaboration and structured problem solving are vital for preparing students for future academic and professional success. Meanwhile, computational systems have permeated much of modern professional and personal life, making computational thinking an essential skill for members of modern society. However, formal training in these techniques is primarily limited to students within computer science, mathematics, management of information systems, and engineering. At Iowa State University ...


Work In Progress - Preparation Creating Effective Faculty Of Engineering: A Technological Literacy Approach, Mani Mina, Diane T. Rover, Mack C. Shelley Oct 2011

Work In Progress - Preparation Creating Effective Faculty Of Engineering: A Technological Literacy Approach, Mani Mina, Diane T. Rover, Mack C. Shelley

Political Science Presentations and Posters

This paper reviews the framework and provides new result for the implementation of a new program designed to develop more effective future faculty in engineering. The core of the proposed program will be based on our efforts regarding the recently developed Minor in Engineering Studies (MES). This program will team up effective engineering faculty to train, mentor, and evaluate a select group of graduate students to teach classes in our MES program. The goal is to help the engineering graduate students (the graduate educators) become better communicator and better educators by training non-engineering students in technological literacy classes. This practice ...


University Application To Enrollment, Fall 2007–2010, Narren J. Brown, Craig A. Ogilvie Sep 2011

University Application To Enrollment, Fall 2007–2010, Narren J. Brown, Craig A. Ogilvie

Graduate College Reports

The application cycles fall 2007 to fall 2010 produced a steady increase in the number of applications to graduate school. Total applications to Iowa State University increased from 5048 in the fall of 2007 to 5993 in the fall of 2010, representing nearly a four percent increase per year.


Tips For Constructing A Promotion And Tenure Dossier That Documents Engaged Scholarship Endeavors, Nancy K. Franz Sep 2011

Tips For Constructing A Promotion And Tenure Dossier That Documents Engaged Scholarship Endeavors, Nancy K. Franz

Education Publications

The growth of the community engagement movement in higher education over the past 2 decades has resulted in more faculty member interest and practice in engaged scholarship. As more institutions value this work, faculty members are looking for ways to enhance the effectiveness of their engaged scholarship dossiers for promotion and tenure. This article summarizes content from a workshop on strengthening the engaged scholarship dossier offered by the author in a variety of venues. The author provides an overview of the engaged scholarship dossier context, explains why a focus on documenting engaged scholarship is important, outlines four steps for documenting ...


E-Learning: Student’S Perception Of Online Learning In Hospitality Programs, Sungmi Song, Robert Bosselman Aug 2011

E-Learning: Student’S Perception Of Online Learning In Hospitality Programs, Sungmi Song, Robert Bosselman

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Information technology has permeated into nearly every aspect of our life. With the advance of information technology e-learning has gradually replaced the traditional form of education. The globalized information economy and its market place are pushing educators to reshape higher education around the world. Whether they are a nation, a company, or an individual, all recognize that the real competitive advantages are likely to come from a well-educated mind in this knowledge-based economy. All these factors make higher education put efforts to redefine the measures of quality and also to better understand students’ needs while being aware of a consumer-oriented ...


Isu Advance Collaborative Transformation Project: Final Focal Department Synthesis Report, Sharon R. Bird, Carla Fehr, Lisa M. Larson, Molly Sween Apr 2011

Isu Advance Collaborative Transformation Project: Final Focal Department Synthesis Report, Sharon R. Bird, Carla Fehr, Lisa M. Larson, Molly Sween

Office of the Provost Reports

This report summarizes research from the Iowa State University ADVANCE Collaborative Transformation (CT) project, which is one of many components of ISU‟s ADVANCE program. ISU ADVANCE is funded by a 5 year “Institutional Transformation” grant from the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation awards ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grants to universities and colleges for the purpose of transforming institutional structures, cultures, and practices in ways that enhance the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women faculty, and when possible, underrepresented faculty of color in STEM disciplines. ISU‟s ADVANCE program goals include “top-down” initiatives, such as the creation of college-level ...


A “Digital Process Book” Learning Tool For The Design Studio: Concept And Development, Lori A. Brunner Mar 2011

A “Digital Process Book” Learning Tool For The Design Studio: Concept And Development, Lori A. Brunner

Art and Design Conference Proceedings, Presentations and Posters

The purpose of this study is to introduce a new learning tool to the interior design studio, namely, a “digital process book.” Paper-based process books are not new to the studio. A process book includes representations of the activities that occur and artifacts that are constructed as a student completes a design project. It allows the instructor, jurors, and others, to see the processes a student goes through to complete a project. It is also intended to assist students as a tool in the learning and design process. Schenk (2007) similarly describes this process work in the graphic design context ...


Informal Education: Haiti 2010, Nadia M. Anderson Mar 2011

Informal Education: Haiti 2010, Nadia M. Anderson

Architecture Conference Proceedings and Presentations

In the film Citizen Architect, Cameron Sinclair states that “the reality check is that the world is not gonna look like Dubai, it’s gonna look like Lagos, Nigeria,” thus beginning a discussion of how the growing social, economic, and environmental ineq- uities of the contemporary world are exacerbated by the inward-looking focus of much architectural education and practice.1 My stance is that educa- tors and practitioners need to engage this world and learn from it, bringing us and our students into direct contact with systems that are flexible, im- provisational, and materially creative.


University Brief Enrollment To Graduation: Fall 2002–2011, Narren J. Brown, Craig A. Ogilvie Jan 2011

University Brief Enrollment To Graduation: Fall 2002–2011, Narren J. Brown, Craig A. Ogilvie

Graduate College Reports

Iowa State University fall graduate enrollment was 3706 in the fall of 2002 and increased to 4125 by fall 2011.


Integrating Language And Content: The Knowledge Framework, Tammy Slater, Jesse Soule Gleason Jan 2011

Integrating Language And Content: The Knowledge Framework, Tammy Slater, Jesse Soule Gleason

English Conference Papers, Posters and Proceedings

Teaching English Language Learners (ELLs) academic literacy skills—academically appropriate ways of thinking, talking, writing, and problem solving—is an important goal of our school systems, and subject-based literacy is critical for students to succeed both academically and professionally. Given that language is the primary means through which teaching and learning is carried out, teachers need strategies to ensure that they can develop these skills in all their students. This article describes a non-commercial heuristic called the knowledge framework (KF), which provides a springboard for developing classroom tasks that aim to bridge language and thinking skills so that students can ...


Economic Pressure And Family-Of-Origin Relationships As Predictors Of African American Educational Attainment During Late Adolescence, Jennifer Marie Senia, Aisha White, Clinton G. Gudmunson Jan 2011

Economic Pressure And Family-Of-Origin Relationships As Predictors Of African American Educational Attainment During Late Adolescence, Jennifer Marie Senia, Aisha White, Clinton G. Gudmunson

Human Development and Family Studies Presentations, Posters and Proceedings

According to a recent Current Population Survey, at the end of the 2008-2009 period, African American and Hispanic families experienced respective poverty rates of 25.8% and 25.3%, a stark contrast to the 9.4% rate experienced by non-Hispanic White families. Minority youth have disproportionately low rates of educational & occupational attainment compared to other ethnic groups.


Assessment Data And Decision Making In Teaching, Thomas Holme Jan 2011

Assessment Data And Decision Making In Teaching, Thomas Holme

Chemistry Publications

Finding avenues to collect and use data in our teaching parallel to the way we use data in research may be an important way to improve educational outcomes.


Distinguishing Beginning Premed Students From Their Science Peers: The Salience Of Proximal Variables, Lisa M. Larson, Verena S. Bonitz, James D. Werbel, Tsui-Feng Wu, Leann R. Mills Jan 2011

Distinguishing Beginning Premed Students From Their Science Peers: The Salience Of Proximal Variables, Lisa M. Larson, Verena S. Bonitz, James D. Werbel, Tsui-Feng Wu, Leann R. Mills

Psychology Publications

The purpose of the study was to better understand how students at the beginning of a premed curriculum are different from their science peers on career-related variables. A total of 165 undergraduates were classified into three groups; these were premed students, students with the intent to pursue a graduate degree, and students with the intent to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Both distal (e.g., prior achievement) and proximal (e.g., mathematics and science self-efficacy and interest) social cognitive constructs were measured. Based on social cognitive career theory (SCCT), the authors predicted that the three groups would not differ on ...


College Application With Or Without Assistance Of An Education Agent: Experience Of International Chinese Undergraduates In The Us., Yi (Leaf) Zhang, Linda Serra Hagedorn Jan 2011

College Application With Or Without Assistance Of An Education Agent: Experience Of International Chinese Undergraduates In The Us., Yi (Leaf) Zhang, Linda Serra Hagedorn

Education Publications

Using third-party education agents is a well-established practice in many countries. As a result, the number of international students placed by agents has grown considerably over the past years. However, in the US, the practice of using agents to increase international enrollment still carries a derogatory connotation in the educational community. Inexperience with agents coupled with incomplete knowledge about students’ experiences using agents may contribute to misunderstandings about agent recruitment practices that may lead to biased institutional decisions. Using both quantitative and qualitative data, this study provides a better understanding of the use of education agents and how they may ...


Encouraging Perspective-Taking Among College Students, Robert D. Reason Jan 2011

Encouraging Perspective-Taking Among College Students, Robert D. Reason

Education Publications

One need only watch the nightly news to understand why greater attention to taking others' perspectives seriously might be needed in the United States. Signs of disrespect and intolerance abound across the ideological spectrum: in Representative Joe Wilson yelling "You lie!" at President Obama last year, in Harry Reid comparing opponents of health care reform to supporters of slavery, in Tea Partiers likening President Obama to Hitler. In modern political discourse, open-minded discussions are few and far between, and leaders who carefully weigh the evidence and change their minds in response are even rarer.


International Graduate Students: How Do They Choose Academic Majors?, Jia Ren, Linda Serra Hagedorn, Michael T. Mcgill Jan 2011

International Graduate Students: How Do They Choose Academic Majors?, Jia Ren, Linda Serra Hagedorn, Michael T. Mcgill

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Publications

International graduate students are a sizeable segment of the student body in the U.S. higher educational system, but remain an understudied population in the educational literature. As a result, this student population is not adequately understood by higher education administrators and faculty. The current study explored 16 factors associated with international graduate students’ choice of academic majors for their American degrees and how factors affected this population’s academic choice among four academic categories. Based on the findings, this study suggests recruitment and admission policies and support services and programs to attract and retain international graduate students, in order ...


Communication In The Disciplines: Interpersonal Communication In Dietetics, Denise A. Vrchota Jan 2011

Communication In The Disciplines: Interpersonal Communication In Dietetics, Denise A. Vrchota

English Publications

This study proposes to expand the scope of oral communication across the curriculum research by exploring oral genres in a dietetics curriculum from the perspective of the dietetics faculty. The goals of this qualitative study, couched within the communication in the disciplines framework, are to identify the oral genres integral to the study and practice of dietetics and to determine if dietetics faculty who participated in the study perceive the communication experiences offered during dietetics education transfer to professional practice. Two conclusions resulted: the first result is that interpersonal communication is the oral site at which the dietetics discipline is ...


Review Of Task-Based Language Learning And Teaching With Technology, Jim Ranalli Jan 2011

Review Of Task-Based Language Learning And Teaching With Technology, Jim Ranalli

English Publications

It is interesting to consider that task-based learning and teaching (TBLT) and computer-assisted language learning (CALL) both originated in the 1980s, were long considered marginal to mainstream language education (though this has thankfully changed), and more recently have been the focus of increasing scholarly attention, and yet to date no book has explicitly addressed the potential links between these two fields. What antecedents and principles do they share, and how can they mutually inform each other’s contributions to second language pedagogy and research? Task-based language learning and teaching with technology, edited by Michael Thomas and Hayo Reinders, attempts to ...


A Valid And Reliable Instrument For Cognitive Complexity Rating Assignment Of Chemistry Exam Items, Karen Knaus, Kristen Murphy, Anja Blecking, Thomas Holme Jan 2011

A Valid And Reliable Instrument For Cognitive Complexity Rating Assignment Of Chemistry Exam Items, Karen Knaus, Kristen Murphy, Anja Blecking, Thomas Holme

Chemistry Publications

The design and use of a valid and reliable instrument for the assignment of cognitive complexity ratings to chemistry exam items is described in this paper. Use of such an instrument provides a simple method to quantify the cognitive demands of chemistry exam items. Instrument validity was established in two different ways: statistically significant correlations between expert-based cognitive complexity ratings and student performance (as measured through statistical difficulty of items), and statistically significant correlations between expert-based cognitive complexity ratings and student mental effort ratings. Key benefits associated with instrument use include an enhanced understanding of the cognitive complexity of chemistry ...


Assessing Conceptual Versus Algorithmic Knowledge: Are We Engendering New Myths In Chemical Education?, Thomas Holme, Kristen Murphy Jan 2011

Assessing Conceptual Versus Algorithmic Knowledge: Are We Engendering New Myths In Chemical Education?, Thomas Holme, Kristen Murphy

Chemistry Publications

Studies over the past two decades have emphasized a gap between relatively weak student performance on conceptual items versus traditional items. The ACS Examinations Institute has released a pair of exams for general chemistry in which items are intentionally paired with one conceptual and one traditional item. This paper describes data from statistical analysis of the item pairs, and notes that for these exams, this gap is not evident, as overall performance is better on conceptual items. Possible implications for teaching and for research in Chemistry Education are noted.


Assessing Conceptual And Algorithmic Knowledge In General Chemistry With Acs Exams, Thomas Holme, Kristen L. Murphy Jan 2011

Assessing Conceptual And Algorithmic Knowledge In General Chemistry With Acs Exams, Thomas Holme, Kristen L. Murphy

Chemistry Publications

In 2005, the ACS Examinations Institute released an exam for first-term general chemistry in which items are intentionally paired with one conceptual and one traditional item. A second-term, paired-questions exam was released in 2007. This paper presents an empirical study of student performances on these two exams based on national samples of students who took the exams as part of a general chemistry course sequence. Psychometric data for student performances are presented in terms of classical difficulty and discrimination indexes, as well as item characteristic curves, as are more commonly used in item response theory. Having these data provided for ...