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Guiding Early And Often: Using Curricular And Learning Analytics To Shape Teaching, Learning, And Student Success In Gateway Courses, Matthew D. Pistilli, Gregory L. Heileman Dec 2017

Guiding Early And Often: Using Curricular And Learning Analytics To Shape Teaching, Learning, And Student Success In Gateway Courses, Matthew D. Pistilli, Gregory L. Heileman

Iowa State University Articles and Manuscripts

This chapter provides information on how the promise of analytics can be realized in gateway courses through a combination of good data science and the thoughtful application of outcomes to teaching and learning improvement efforts—especially with and among instructors.


Establishing A Common Language: The Meaning Of Researchbased And Evidence-Based Programming (In The Human Sciences), Debra M. Sellers, Lisa M. Schainker, Peggy A. Lockhart, Hsiu-Chen Yeh Dec 2017

Establishing A Common Language: The Meaning Of Researchbased And Evidence-Based Programming (In The Human Sciences), Debra M. Sellers, Lisa M. Schainker, Peggy A. Lockhart, Hsiu-Chen Yeh

Iowa State University Articles and Manuscripts

This article describes the development, implementation, and exploratory evaluation of a professional development series that addressed educators' knowledge and use of the terms research-based and evidence-based within Human Sciences Extension and Outreach at one university. Respondents to a follow-up survey were more likely to select correctly the commonly accepted standard for each term, and they reported asking more questions, talking with others, examining programs' evidence bases, and placing more value on fidelity and evaluation following participation in the professional development series. Educator reactions to the series were generally positive, although researchers interested in designing like programs might consider engaging educators ...


Stem Identity Development For Latinas: The Role Of Self- And Outside Recognition, Sarah L. Rodriguez, Kelly Cunningham, Alec Jordan Nov 2017

Stem Identity Development For Latinas: The Role Of Self- And Outside Recognition, Sarah L. Rodriguez, Kelly Cunningham, Alec Jordan

Education Publications

This qualitative, phenomenological research study explored how 17 Latina undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors developed their STEM identities. The study focused on the role that self- and outside recognition as a STEM individual played in the process. Interviews revealed students’ self-recognition in many forms. Outside recognition came primarily from STEM peers, faculty members, and family members. Self- and outside recognition were often negotiated through the lens of intersectional identities held by the participants.


Accounting For Institutional Variation In Expected Returns To Higher Education, Shawn F. Dorius, David A. Tandberg, Bridgette Cram Oct 2017

Accounting For Institutional Variation In Expected Returns To Higher Education, Shawn F. Dorius, David A. Tandberg, Bridgette Cram

Sociology Publications

This study leverages human capital theory to identify the correlates of expected returns on investment in higher education at the level of institutions. We leverage estimates of average ROI in post-secondary education among more than 400 baccalaureate degree conferring colleges and universities to understand the correlates of a relatively new metric of institutional ROI. Results indicate that a diverse undergraduate student body, high graduation rate, and public university status are strong, positive, and robustly associated with institutional ROI. The model accounts for more than 70% of inter-university variation in ROI, suggesting that the factors we have identified are among the ...


Teaching Ethos From The Dumpster: Dive And Food Waste Rhetoric, Abby Dubisar, Kathleen P. Hunt Oct 2017

Teaching Ethos From The Dumpster: Dive And Food Waste Rhetoric, Abby Dubisar, Kathleen P. Hunt

English Publications

This unit activity, for which students view a documentary to identify and evaluate persuasive ethos and then create their own rhetorical messages for reducing food waste, serves as a platform for teaching both the critique and practice of rhetoric, as well as familiarizing students with the complexities of the global food system and food waste.


Developing Criteria To Design And Assess Mathematical Modeling Problems: From Problems To Social Justice, Ji Yeong I, Hyunyi Jung, Ji-Won Son Oct 2017

Developing Criteria To Design And Assess Mathematical Modeling Problems: From Problems To Social Justice, Ji Yeong I, Hyunyi Jung, Ji-Won Son

Mathematics Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

Despite the interest in modeling and the importance of social justice, there has not been much attention to connecting modeling with social justice. To fill this gap, we developed criteria for mathematical modeling problems that embrace the characteristics of problems and social justice through three phases: literature analysis, thematic categories, and piloting. The criteria will help teacher educators when selecting modeling problems to be used in teacher preparation programs and assessing the modeling problems posed by PSTs.


How Much Do I Know About Mathematical Modeling?, Ji-Won Son, Hyunyi Jung, Ji Yeong I Oct 2017

How Much Do I Know About Mathematical Modeling?, Ji-Won Son, Hyunyi Jung, Ji Yeong I

Mathematics Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

Despite the importance of teachers’ conception of mathematical modeling, limited attention is given to this area in the current literature. In this study we examined 78 preservice teachers’ (PSTs) views of mathematical modeling and how their conceptions are reflected in their performance of mathematical modeling problems. Analyses of survey responses revealed that our PSTs seem to develop narrow views of mathematical modeling. In addition, although a large portion of PSTs mistook mathematical modeling with mathematical models or with traditional word problems, we found a positive association between PSTs’ conceptions of mathematical modeling and their mathematical modeling abilities.


A Forced Choice Exercise To Raise Students’ Awareness Of Diversity, Monica H. Lamm, Adam Dane, Janessa Boley Oct 2017

A Forced Choice Exercise To Raise Students’ Awareness Of Diversity, Monica H. Lamm, Adam Dane, Janessa Boley

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

Learning communities and student organizations within chemical engineering programs have long been a means by which faculty and academic advisers interact with students outside the classroom and reinforce the values of our profession. Incorporating diversity-training activities into the training and ongoing professional development of students who teach and lead in chemical engineering departments is a simple and effective way to start to promote awareness and respect for diverse cultures and backgrounds in all chemical engineering students.


Military-Connected Student Academic Success At 4-Year Institutions: A Multi-Institution Study, Denise N. Williams-Klotz, Ann M. Gansemer-Topf Oct 2017

Military-Connected Student Academic Success At 4-Year Institutions: A Multi-Institution Study, Denise N. Williams-Klotz, Ann M. Gansemer-Topf

Education Publications

We examined how the experiences—academic, financial, social, and personal—and relationship factors of military-connected students attending a 4-year institution are associated with their academic success. This multi-institution study highlights the demographic characteristics, experiences, and campus relationships that are associated with military-connected students’ GPA.


Learning From Within: A Longitudinal Case Study Of An Education Research Group, Brian A. Burt, Kathryn Lundgren, Joshua Schroetter Sep 2017

Learning From Within: A Longitudinal Case Study Of An Education Research Group, Brian A. Burt, Kathryn Lundgren, Joshua Schroetter

Education Publications

Purpose – Professionals in higher education are expected to be informed consumers of knowledge who seek out scholarship, critical evaluators of the applicability of extant knowledge, and contributors who build new knowledge for higher education practice. Despite the understood importance of developing research competencies, many have limited opportunities to develop these skills. This study aims to explore one way individuals develop research competencies: through participation in team-based research experiences. Design/methodology/approach – A longitudinal case study approach was used to investigate what participants in an education research group learn, and how their participation in the group changes the ways in which ...


Learner Analytics And Student Success Interventions, Matthew D. Pistilli Sep 2017

Learner Analytics And Student Success Interventions, Matthew D. Pistilli

Iowa State University Articles and Manuscripts

The implementation of analytics in support of student success requires effective use of feedback and interventions, as well as a system by which the use of feedback and institutional supports can be tracked and evaluated.


Perception Of Current And Ideal Practices Related To Public Value In Extension, Laura H. Downey, Donna J. Peterson, Nancy K. Franz Aug 2017

Perception Of Current And Ideal Practices Related To Public Value In Extension, Laura H. Downey, Donna J. Peterson, Nancy K. Franz

Education Publications

Extension professionals are increasingly encouraged to engage in practices that can advance the public value movement. It is unclear, however, whether recommended practices related to public value are being adopted. In 2014, 235 Extension professionals at Mississippi State University responded to an organizational capacity survey that included questions on public value practices. Research described here explored discrepancies between current and ideal public value practices among Extension professionals. Paired-samples t-tests revealed statistically significant discrepancies between current and ideal public value practices. The findings can inform efforts by Extension professionals seeking to increase awareness and practices related to public value.


Examining Factors Related To Academic Success Of Military-Connected Students At Community Colleges, Denise N. Williams-Klotz, Ann M. Gansemer-Topf Jul 2017

Examining Factors Related To Academic Success Of Military-Connected Students At Community Colleges, Denise N. Williams-Klotz, Ann M. Gansemer-Topf

Education Publications

The number of military-connected students enrolling in community colleges has increased dramatically in the past decade, and this trend is expected to continue. This research focused on examining factors that contribute to the academic success of community college students. Specifically, the purpose of this quantitative study was to identify the demographic characteristics; campus relationships; and financial, academic and personal experiences that are associated with grade point average (GPA) and intent to return for military-connected students at seven community colleges. Identifying as a Student of Color (any race or ethnicity other than White) and experience meeting professors’ academic expectations were negatively ...


Baby Steps Toward Meeting Engineering-Rich Science Standards: Approaches And Results From A Short "What Is Engineering?" Course For K-5 Pre-Service Teachers (Work In Progress), D. Raj Raman, Monica H. Lamm, Sriram Sundararajan, Kristina Maruyama Tank, Anne T. Estapa Jun 2017

Baby Steps Toward Meeting Engineering-Rich Science Standards: Approaches And Results From A Short "What Is Engineering?" Course For K-5 Pre-Service Teachers (Work In Progress), D. Raj Raman, Monica H. Lamm, Sriram Sundararajan, Kristina Maruyama Tank, Anne T. Estapa

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Elementary teacher preparation programs are generally tightly packed, with limited room for additional coursework. As states adopt Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS ), the need for teacher education programs to provide meaningful exposure to engineering is growing, and a multitude of approaches can be taken to meet this need. While the topics of engineering and engineering design are typically incorporated into science teaching methods courses, this research presents an alternative approach where we expose elementary pre-service teachers to engineering prior to or concurrently with enrollment in their methods courses. Specifically, we describe here our efforts in building a 12-contact-hour non-credit short ...


Flex—Iowa State University’S Mobile Technology Classroom, Peter Evans, Eric Schares Jun 2017

Flex—Iowa State University’S Mobile Technology Classroom, Peter Evans, Eric Schares

Reference and Instruction Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

Iowa State University’s FLEx (Forward Learning Experience) program is a mobile technology classroom housed in a 16-foot trailer, designed to introduce K-12 students, educators, and families to advanced technology and design thinking concepts. Since the fall of 2014, the FLEx has engaged over 35,000 participants through 171 events across the state of Iowa.


Charting Ahead: Navigating Threats And Challenges To The Urban-Serving Research University Mission, Desiree D. Zerquera, Erin E. Doran May 2017

Charting Ahead: Navigating Threats And Challenges To The Urban-Serving Research University Mission, Desiree D. Zerquera, Erin E. Doran

Education Publications

The higher education context that our CUMU institutions must navigate is complex and begets challenges resulting from the distinct mission our institutions seek to uphold. The implications of these challenges give rise to impacts on everyone within the institution and consequently our constituents within the cities we seek to serve. Bringing together literature, emerging research, and points from discussions at the 2016 CUMU conference, this paper analyzes challenges and their implications and highlights the strategies being employed to navigate them. We consider the tensions inherent in the urban-serving university identity, the cost of serving urban regions, and the state structures ...


Decision Points In Academic Leadership Development As An Engaged Scholar: To Lead Or Not To Lead, Nicole Thompson, Nancy K. Franz Apr 2017

Decision Points In Academic Leadership Development As An Engaged Scholar: To Lead Or Not To Lead, Nicole Thompson, Nancy K. Franz

Education Publications

Academics have a variety of career paths available to them, yet it can be difficult to determine what career opportunities will lead to beneficial professional and personal outcomes. As engaged scholars, we seek academic leadership positions that allow us to make a difference in the world, either directly or indirectly, using our unique skills, experience, teaching, and research. To help engaged scholars determine if academic leadership opportunities are appropriate for their aspirations, this article provides career paths experienced by two engaged scholars, criteria they use to select or forgo leadership positions, and lessons they’ve learned as academic leaders who ...


Learning Leadership: A Qualitative Study On The Differences Of Student Learning In Online Versus Traditional Courses In A Leadership Studies Program, Amber Manning-Ouellette, Katie M. Black Apr 2017

Learning Leadership: A Qualitative Study On The Differences Of Student Learning In Online Versus Traditional Courses In A Leadership Studies Program, Amber Manning-Ouellette, Katie M. Black

Leadership Studies Publications

As online education offerings are extended to more students, organizations are increasingly interested in the effectiveness of online learning compared to a traditional classroom. The need for research on the learning outcomes of students is imperative. The purpose of this study is to compare student learning in a traditional classroom with the equivalent online course. This research explores the research question: What is the difference between student learning in a leadership studies course through online versus traditional delivery methods? This study utilizes a directed content analysis to investigate student assignments using Kolb’s Experiential Learning Model as a foundational theory ...


The Benefits Of Investing In High Quality Professional Development For Community College Faculty In Texas, Erin E. Doran Apr 2017

The Benefits Of Investing In High Quality Professional Development For Community College Faculty In Texas, Erin E. Doran

Education Publications

This study is drawn from data collected for a larger study on the implementation of integrated reading and writing at the developmental level at one Texas community college. To protect sources, the name of the targeted college has been changed, and a pseudonym has been substituted. Three faculty members interviewed for this study were trained and taught within the Dream Catchers program at Adelante College, one of the first colleges to adopt the Dream Catchers Program, which bases its pedagogy and professional development practices on the model of the Puente Project, a national model for student success housed at the ...


Farmers’ Perspectives On Resistance In Western Corn Rootworm To Crw-Bt Corn In Midwest Usa, David A. Andow, Robert J. Wright, Erin W. Hodgson, Thomas E. Hunt, Kenneth R. Ostlie Mar 2017

Farmers’ Perspectives On Resistance In Western Corn Rootworm To Crw-Bt Corn In Midwest Usa, David A. Andow, Robert J. Wright, Erin W. Hodgson, Thomas E. Hunt, Kenneth R. Ostlie

Entomology Publications

Resistance in western corn rootworm to transgenic corn hybrids was first confirmed in 2011 in Midwestern USA, and threatens their continued use. Farmers are often the first line of resistance detection, so their understanding and attitudes toward this issue are critical for improving resistance management. We conducted telephone focus groups during 2013 with farmers who had experienced rootworm resistance. There were four stages in dealing with unexpected rootworm injury: Awareness of a problem, diagnosis, confirmation, and recommendations. Most farmers discovered the problem themselves, but this usually happened too late in the growing season to limit yield loss. Once aware of ...


Learning Competencies Through Engineering Research Group Experiences, Brian A. Burt Mar 2017

Learning Competencies Through Engineering Research Group Experiences, Brian A. Burt

Education Publications

Purpose - In some fields, research group experiences gained in laboratories are more influential than the classroom in shaping graduate students' research abilities, understandings of post-graduate careers, and professional identities. However, we know little about what and how students learn from their research group experiences. This article explores the learning experiences of engineering graduate students in one chemical engineering research group to determine what students learned and identify the practices and activities that facilitated their learning.

Design/methodology/approach – Ethnography was utilized to observe the experiences of one 20-member research group in chemical engineering. Fieldwork included 13 months of observations, 31 ...


How Community Colleges In Texas Prioritize Resources For Latino Men, Sarah L. Rodriguez-Jones, Kelty T. Garbee, Ryan A. Miller, Victor B. Saenz Feb 2017

How Community Colleges In Texas Prioritize Resources For Latino Men, Sarah L. Rodriguez-Jones, Kelty T. Garbee, Ryan A. Miller, Victor B. Saenz

Education Publications

This study explored how administrators at community colleges conceptualized change related to resource allocation and managing competing priorities to support targeted programming for Latino men. The study included the perspectives of 39 administrators from seven community colleges across Texas using concepts associated with institutional change to ground our analysis. Findings revealed that state and national initiatives, particularly those concerned with enhancing success for students of color, influenced how community college administrators approached change on their campuses. In addition, community college institutional mission, leadership, and a desire for data-informed resource management influenced the approach to resource allocation for Latino men.


Evaluate Naturally And Quickly With Just-In-Time Program Evaluation, Nancy K. Franz, John F. Munsell, Tiffany N. Brown, Holly K. Chittum Feb 2017

Evaluate Naturally And Quickly With Just-In-Time Program Evaluation, Nancy K. Franz, John F. Munsell, Tiffany N. Brown, Holly K. Chittum

Education Publications

A just-in-time evaluation approach can help Extension professionals expand their program evaluation readiness, interest, and competence. A pilot test of this efficient approach helped organizers of a forest farming conference determine important information about the event's processes and content to be better positioned for future work. The conference evaluation team and conference participants enjoyed this approach that integrated evaluation methods and evaluative thinking into all the conference activities. This approach to evaluation is especially appropriate for gathering real-time data for determining the value of educational processes taking place while making evaluation more visible and easier to accomplish.


Work In Progress: Flex—Iowa State University’S Mobile Technology Classroom, Peter M. Evans, Eric J. Schares Jan 2017

Work In Progress: Flex—Iowa State University’S Mobile Technology Classroom, Peter M. Evans, Eric J. Schares

Reference and Instruction Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

This proposal describes the FLEx (Forward Learning Experience) program, a mobile learning environment in a 16-foot trailer designed to deliver advanced technology outreach to students around the state of Iowa. A joint effort of Iowa State University’s College of Design, College of Engineering, and Extension and Outreach, the FLEx has engaged 35,000 K-12 students, educators, and families in 171 events since the fall of 2014.

The trailer provides hands-on experiences with virtual reality, immersive visualization, prototyping, augmented reality through an Oculus Rift, interactive circuit building, a Makerbot for 3D printing, and a CNC (computer numerical control) router for ...


Riding The Wave Of Change In Electrical And Computer Engineering, Diane T. Rover, Joseph Zambreno, Mani Mina, Phillip H. Jones Iii, Douglas W. Jacobson, Seda Mckilligan, Ashfaq A. Khokhar Jan 2017

Riding The Wave Of Change In Electrical And Computer Engineering, Diane T. Rover, Joseph Zambreno, Mani Mina, Phillip H. Jones Iii, Douglas W. Jacobson, Seda Mckilligan, Ashfaq A. Khokhar

Electrical and Computer Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

Electrical and computer engineering technologies have evolved into dynamic, complex systems that profoundly change the world we live in. Designing these systems requires not only technical knowledge and skills but also new ways of thinking and the development of social, professional and ethical responsibility. A large electrical and computer engineering department at a Midwestern public university is transforming to a more agile, less traditional organization to better respond to student, industry and society needs. This is being done through new structures for faculty collaboration and facilitated through departmental change processes. Ironically, an impetus behind this effort was a failed attempt ...


Walking The Line Between Reality And Fiction In Online Spaces: Understanding The Effects Of Narrative Transportation, Sarah Gretter, Aman Yadav, Benjamin W. Gleason Jan 2017

Walking The Line Between Reality And Fiction In Online Spaces: Understanding The Effects Of Narrative Transportation, Sarah Gretter, Aman Yadav, Benjamin W. Gleason

Education Publications

Recent contentions about "fake news" and misinformation online has shed light on the critical need for media literacy at a global scale. Indeed, digital stories are one of the main forms of communication in the 21st century through blogs, videos-sharing websites, forums, or social networks. However, the line between facts and fiction can often become blurry in these online spaces, and being able to distinguish between reality and fantasy can have important consequences in the lives of young Internet users. Using contemporary examples from news stories, fan- fiction, advertising, and radicalization, this article outlines the features, affordances, and real-life implications ...


Definitions Matter: Investigating And Comparing Different Operationalizations Of Academic Undermatching, Ann M. Gansemer-Topf, Jillian Downey, Ulrike Genschel Jan 2017

Definitions Matter: Investigating And Comparing Different Operationalizations Of Academic Undermatching, Ann M. Gansemer-Topf, Jillian Downey, Ulrike Genschel

Education Publications

Effective assessment practice requires clearly defining and operationalizing terminology. We illustrate the importance of this practice by focusing on academic “undermatching”—when students enroll in colleges that are less academically selective than those for which they are academically prepared. Undermatching has been viewed as a potential obstacle in the United States’ goal of increasing degree attainment but operationalizing undermatching is difficult. Using ELS: 2002, a national dataset from the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics (NCES, 2014), we developed eight operationalizations of undermatching by altering three commonly used variables. We then compared the number and demographics ...


Racializing Experiences Of Foreign-Born And Ethnically Diverse Black Male Engineering Graduate Students: Implications For Student Affairs Practice, Policy, And Research, Brian A. Burt, Alexander Knight, Justin Roberson Jan 2017

Racializing Experiences Of Foreign-Born And Ethnically Diverse Black Male Engineering Graduate Students: Implications For Student Affairs Practice, Policy, And Research, Brian A. Burt, Alexander Knight, Justin Roberson

Education Publications

Despite a growing body of work on the experiences of Black collegians, the higher education knowledge base lacks scholarship focused on Black men in graduate programs who are foreign-born and/or identify ethnically as other than African American. In this article, we provide a domain-specific investigation (i.e., based on students’ field of study), centering on nine Black men in engineering graduate programs. Three themes emerged regarding students’ racialized experiences and effects of racialization: (1) racialization as a transitional process; (2) cultural identity (dis)integrity; and (3) racialized imposter syndrome. We conclude with implications for developing and implementing promising practices ...


The Room Itself Is Active: How Classroom Design Impacts Student Engagement, Melissa L. Rands, Ann M. Gansemer-Topf Jan 2017

The Room Itself Is Active: How Classroom Design Impacts Student Engagement, Melissa L. Rands, Ann M. Gansemer-Topf

Education Publications

A responsive case study evaluation approach utilizing interviews and focus groups collected student and faculty perspectives on examined how instructors and students utilized a newly redesigned active learning space at Iowa State University and the relationship of this design with environmental and behavioral factors of student engagement. The findings demonstrate how classroom design affords engagement through low-cost learning tools and a flexible, open, student-centered space afforded a variety of active learning strategies. In addition, this case study highlights the importance of conducting assessment on classroom redesign initiatives to justify and improve future classroom spaces.


Competencies Needed For Entry-Level Student Affairs Work: Views From Mid-Level Professionals, Ann M. Gansemer-Topf, Andrew Ryder Jan 2017

Competencies Needed For Entry-Level Student Affairs Work: Views From Mid-Level Professionals, Ann M. Gansemer-Topf, Andrew Ryder

Education Publications

The ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies for Student Affairs were designed to articulate skills needed for effective practice. However, since its first publication in 2010, little research has been done to understand whether these competencies align with the skills needed to be successful student affairs professionals. This qualitative study examined mid-level supervisors’ perceptions of the skills needed for effective entry-level student affairs work and compared these responses to the ACPA/NASPA competencies. Mid-level manager’s perceptions of skills aligned with stated competencies with some minor discrepancies noted. These findings have implications for practice, graduate preparation programs, potential revisions to the competencies ...