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The Challenge: The Role Of The Student In Engineering And Technological Literacy Programs, Perspectives, Discussions, And Ideations, Neelam Prabhu Gaunkar, Sara K. Jones, Mani Mina Jul 2021

The Challenge: The Role Of The Student In Engineering And Technological Literacy Programs, Perspectives, Discussions, And Ideations, Neelam Prabhu Gaunkar, Sara K. Jones, Mani Mina

Industrial Design Conference Presentations, Posters and Proceedings

In this work, we address the role(s) students play during their education. While the students’ main role is to learn, it is observed that in most classrooms, students approach learning through the lens of the instructor’s vision. The authors have experienced it in engineering as well as technological literacy classes, with some differences. For this paper we focus on the engineering students. In recent years, newer pedagogical approaches and improvements in instruction techniques have expanded the student’s view from this lens [1,2]. Nonetheless, students who are taking more than a few classes with heavy syllabi tend ...


Teachactive Feedback Dashboard: Using Automated Classroom Analytics To Visualize Pedagogical Strategies At A Glance, Dana Alzoubi, Jameel Kelley, Evrim Baran, Stephen B. Gilbert, Aliye Karabulut-Ilgu, Shan Jiang May 2021

Teachactive Feedback Dashboard: Using Automated Classroom Analytics To Visualize Pedagogical Strategies At A Glance, Dana Alzoubi, Jameel Kelley, Evrim Baran, Stephen B. Gilbert, Aliye Karabulut-Ilgu, Shan Jiang

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

TEACHActive is an automated feedback dashboard that provides instructors with visual classroom analytics about the active learning facilitation strategies they use in their classrooms. We describe TEACHActive system’s root requirement of improving pedagogical practices through refection, the system’s process of data fow from an automated observation system, EduSense, to the feedback dashboard, and the technical design of the infrastructure. We designed the TEACHActive dashboard to visualize EduSense’s automated observation output and give instructors feedback about their active learning facilitation strategies in their classrooms with the goal of improving their pedagogical practices. We present the TEACHActive prototype development ...


Designing The Teachactive Feedback Dashboard: A Human Centered Approach, Dana Alzoubi, Jameel Kelley, Evrim Baran, Stephen B. Gilbert, Shan Jiang, Aliye Karabulut Apr 2021

Designing The Teachactive Feedback Dashboard: A Human Centered Approach, Dana Alzoubi, Jameel Kelley, Evrim Baran, Stephen B. Gilbert, Shan Jiang, Aliye Karabulut

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

Effective facilitation of active learning is key to enhancing student engagement in engineering classrooms. Instructors need opportunities for frequent observation, feedback, and reflection on the use of their active learning strategies, yet there are no validated automated approaches available. We address this need by designing a feedback dashboard, TEACHActive, that leverages classroom analytics from an automated sensing observation system. The TEACHActive dashboard provides feedback on the in-class implementation of various active learning strategies in engineering classrooms. In this poster, we present the initial phases of a human-centered dashboard design process. The human-centered design (HCD) approach includes techniques such as, creating ...


Professional Development And Education: Central Asia University Partnership Program (Unicen) Between Iowa State University And Tashkent Institute Of Irrigation And Agricultural Mechanization Engineers And Tiiame Bukhara Branch, Jacek A. Koziel, Brian L. Steward, Tina A. Coffelt, Kodir Sabirov, Mansur Amonov Jan 2021

Professional Development And Education: Central Asia University Partnership Program (Unicen) Between Iowa State University And Tashkent Institute Of Irrigation And Agricultural Mechanization Engineers And Tiiame Bukhara Branch, Jacek A. Koziel, Brian L. Steward, Tina A. Coffelt, Kodir Sabirov, Mansur Amonov

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Iowa State University has been awarded two grants focused on professional development and education. The grants are part of the U.S. Department of State and the American Councils for International Education programming for the UniCEN platform. UniCEN focuses on increasing sustainable collaborations between U.S. and Central Asia higher education partners. Twenty-two of the partnerships in the UniCEN network are in Uzbekistan, located in the heart of Central Asia. The Iowa State University partnership builds on two project grants. One grant, entitled Enhancing the Reputation of Research in Uzbekistan through Professional Development, focuses on faculty research and workforce development ...


Mixed Active-Traditional Learning Versus Team-Based Learning: A Comparative Study For A Freshman Programming Course, Connor Kesterson, Joyce C. Lai, Md Maruf Ahamed, Mohamed Y. Selim Jan 2021

Mixed Active-Traditional Learning Versus Team-Based Learning: A Comparative Study For A Freshman Programming Course, Connor Kesterson, Joyce C. Lai, Md Maruf Ahamed, Mohamed Y. Selim

Electrical and Computer Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

A comparative study to show the effectiveness of Team-Based Learning (TBL) and Mixed Active-Traditional (MATL) learning for an introductory programming course at Iowa State University is discussed in this paper. The introductory programming C course was offered to 46 students using TBL and 50 students using MATL, led by two different instructors who use the same course schedule and textbook. The students on both courses received the same number of lectures/labs during the semester. To be able to assess the two methodologies, the instructors deliver the same course contents. Still, they differ with the course delivery method. MATL utilizes ...


Automated Team Attendance Tool: A Campus-Wide Solution For Tbl Courses, Angela Schauer, Lance Demers, Nathan Oran, Brandon Johnson, Connor Sullivan, Mohamed Y. Selim Jan 2021

Automated Team Attendance Tool: A Campus-Wide Solution For Tbl Courses, Angela Schauer, Lance Demers, Nathan Oran, Brandon Johnson, Connor Sullivan, Mohamed Y. Selim

Electrical and Computer Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

Problem Statement: Attendance is an important part of Team Based Learning, and instructors must take time during each class to go through roll call. This time adds up and by the end of the semester, can equal to multiple lectures worth of time. Although a handful of attendance tools exist, none of these tools are adapted to team-based classes, and none of them record the attendance without any interaction from the instructor or student side.


Introducing Autonomy In An Embedded Systems Course Project, Diane T. Rover, Nicholas D. Fila, Phillip H. Jones, Mani Mina Dec 2020

Introducing Autonomy In An Embedded Systems Course Project, Diane T. Rover, Nicholas D. Fila, Phillip H. Jones, Mani Mina

Electrical and Computer Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

This Research-to-Practice Full Paper presents the redesign of a course project to promote student professional formation in engineering in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Iowa State University. This is part of a larger effort to redesign core courses in the sophomore and junior years through a collaborative instructional model and pedagogical approaches that promote professional formation. A required sophomore course on embedded computer systems has been assessed and revised over multiple semesters. The redesign of the project was initiated with the purpose of promoting student professional formation, interest, autonomy and innovation, and it was undertaken using a collaborative ...


Promoting Graduate And Professional Attributes By Coordinating Kolbian Reflections For Industrial Design., Mani Mina, J. Cowan, Nicholas D. Fila, Wei S. Theh Jun 2020

Promoting Graduate And Professional Attributes By Coordinating Kolbian Reflections For Industrial Design., Mani Mina, J. Cowan, Nicholas D. Fila, Wei S. Theh

Industrial Design Conference Presentations, Posters and Proceedings

This work features challenges of using integrated reflections in undergraduate Industrial Design and Engineering. Reflection activities can be challenging for the students and hard to implement in design and engineering classes. This report has two goals. The first is to introduce a process for more successful engagement for the students in problem solving and design. The second is to show that the process has validity and usefulness for Industrial Design students who are in a College of Design.


150 Years Of Mechanical Engineering At Iowa State University, Nick Fetty Jan 2020

150 Years Of Mechanical Engineering At Iowa State University, Nick Fetty

Mechanical Engineering Books

Mechanical engineering, originally part of mechanic arts, was one of two majors offered at Iowa State when the institution opened its doors in 1869. The other major offered was agriculture. In addition to providing instruction for students, the department and its associated shops manufactured tables, chairs and other items used on cam-pus during the early years of the university. The ME department also played an important role in the war efforts for both the First and Second World Wars by offering its facilities and faculty to train mechanics, machinists and other specialists during the war periods. The department, and university ...


Changing An Electrical And Computer Engineering Department Culture From The Bottom Up: Action Plans Generated From Faculty Interviews, Elise A. Frickey, Diane T. Rover, Joseph Zambreno, Ashfaq A. Khokhar, Douglas W. Jacobson, Lisa M. Larson, Mack C. Shelley Ii Jan 2020

Changing An Electrical And Computer Engineering Department Culture From The Bottom Up: Action Plans Generated From Faculty Interviews, Elise A. Frickey, Diane T. Rover, Joseph Zambreno, Ashfaq A. Khokhar, Douglas W. Jacobson, Lisa M. Larson, Mack C. Shelley Ii

Political Science Presentations and Posters

Previous research [1] has documented the pressures encountered by STEM faculty at R1 institutions: weighty teaching loads, pressure to “publish or perish,” urgency to obtain funding, mentorship of graduate students, and the stress of promotion/tenure all can have deleterious effects on the well-being and job satisfaction of faculty. Moreover, these pressures interact with the disproportionate barriers faced by underrepresented faculty [2]. Given the predicted growth of faculty positions in coming years (11% from 2018-2028) [3], and that many of these positions will be held by traditionally underrepresented groups of women and persons of color, it is imperative that institutions ...


The Role Of Teaching Self-Efficacy In Electrical And Computer Engineering Faculty Teaching Satisfaction, Kent A. Crick, Elise A. Frickey, Lisa M. Larson, Mack C. Shelley Ii Jan 2020

The Role Of Teaching Self-Efficacy In Electrical And Computer Engineering Faculty Teaching Satisfaction, Kent A. Crick, Elise A. Frickey, Lisa M. Larson, Mack C. Shelley Ii

Political Science Presentations and Posters

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) faculty at academic institutions are charged with preparing the next generation of scientists and creators to participate in an increasingly competitive job market. As such, engineering faculty represent important capital for universities in their quest to maximize student effectiveness and their impact on the American economy. ECE faculty are expected to fulfill their undergraduate and graduate teaching duties while also generating grant funding, producing publications, and serving in numerous mentorship roles [1], [2]. Moreover, the number of students in the classroom has increased while departmental funding has decreased, resulting in fewer resources and smaller increases ...


Inclusion & Marginalization: How Perceptions Of Design Thinking Pedagogy Influence Computer, Electrical, And Software Engineering Identity, Sarah L. Rodriguez, Erin E. Doran, Rachel E. Friedensen, Elizabeth Martínez-Podolsky, Paul S. Hengesteg Jan 2020

Inclusion & Marginalization: How Perceptions Of Design Thinking Pedagogy Influence Computer, Electrical, And Software Engineering Identity, Sarah L. Rodriguez, Erin E. Doran, Rachel E. Friedensen, Elizabeth Martínez-Podolsky, Paul S. Hengesteg

Education Publications

Engineering identity plays a vital role in the persistence of engineering students, yet limited research exists on how particular pedagogical approaches influence engineering identity at the college level. This qualitative case study explored how undergraduate student perceptions of design thinking pedagogy influence computer, electrical, and software engineering identity. The study found that design thinking pedagogy reinforces the recognition of an engineering identity, particularly for those from historically marginalized groups (i.e., women, people of color). Intentional implementation, including organization and framing of design thinking pedagogy, was an essential foundation for fostering student interest in the course and connecting to their ...


Taking Irat Outside The Classroom: Using An Interactive Book To Modify Team-Based Learning In A First-Year Programming Course, Connor L. Kesterson, Joyce C. Lai, Mohamed Y. Selim Jan 2020

Taking Irat Outside The Classroom: Using An Interactive Book To Modify Team-Based Learning In A First-Year Programming Course, Connor L. Kesterson, Joyce C. Lai, Mohamed Y. Selim

Electrical and Computer Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

Team-Based Learning (TBL) is an evidence-based collaborative learning teaching strategy designed around units of instruction, known as “modules” that are taught in a three-step cycle: preparation, inclass readiness assurance test (RAT), and application-focused exercise. The in-class RAT includes two sub-tests; individual RAT (iRAT) and team RAT (tRAT). In first-year programming classes, the instructors rely on the mini-lecture to deliver advanced concepts or present a programming exercise to the students. Meanwhile, most of the class time is consumed by the iRAT, tRAT, and application-focused exercise. This paper sheds light on an attempt to modify the conventional TBL approach by taking the ...


Industrial Experience And Disciplinary Knowledge Impact On Creative Outcomes In A Making Context: A Case Study Of Graduate Level Industrial Engineering Course, Gül Okudan Kremer Jan 2020

Industrial Experience And Disciplinary Knowledge Impact On Creative Outcomes In A Making Context: A Case Study Of Graduate Level Industrial Engineering Course, Gül Okudan Kremer

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

Background: Design and creativity are essential elements of problem-solving.

Purpose: The purpose of the research presented herein is to identify the impacts of learning in different study programs on students’ abilities to generate and implement creative design solutions.

Design/Method: An experiment was designed and conducted within the context of a semester-long graduate engineering course titled “Human-Centered Design and Manufacturing” at a large American public university. The experiment featured classroom data collection from an experimental cohort at four different stages of an intervention using a questionnaire. Results were then compared to those of a control group’s.

Results: Preliminary results ...


A Community Of Practice Approach To Integrating Professional Skills Training With Graduate Thesis Research, Shan Jiang, Ann M. Gansemer-Topf, Nigel Forest Reuel, Gül Okudan Kremer, Qing Li, Rebecca Mort Jan 2020

A Community Of Practice Approach To Integrating Professional Skills Training With Graduate Thesis Research, Shan Jiang, Ann M. Gansemer-Topf, Nigel Forest Reuel, Gül Okudan Kremer, Qing Li, Rebecca Mort

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

Background. It is well recognized that current graduate education is too narrowly focused on thesis research. Graduate students have a strong desire to gain skills for their future career success beyond thesis research. This obvious gap in professional skill training in current graduate study also leads to the common student perception that professional skills beyond academic knowledge should only be gained after completion of thesis research.

Purpose. A new program is being developed to rigorously integrate professional skills training with thesis research. The approach is to establish learning communities of Graduates for Advancing Professional Skills (GAPS) to incorporate project management ...


Flipping Student Ability Differences From A Liability To An Advantage: A Team-Based Learning Approach To Introduce Computer Engineering And Problem Solving (Programming) To Freshmen Students, Mohamed Y. Selim, Holly Bender Jan 2020

Flipping Student Ability Differences From A Liability To An Advantage: A Team-Based Learning Approach To Introduce Computer Engineering And Problem Solving (Programming) To Freshmen Students, Mohamed Y. Selim, Holly Bender

Electrical and Computer Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

First-year programming courses have always been a challenge for many students as the course expectation is not only for them to be able to understand programming concepts, but also to produce creative solutions to problems. Moreover, students come from high school with diverse programming backgrounds, i.e., some of them already studied programming and others have no idea what programming is. Team-Based Learning (TBL) seems a natural solution to increase the amount of practice each student will get and to increase students’ interest and confidence. Creating diverse teams to work on different activities will flip students ability differences from liability ...


Planting A Soft Skills Seed In A First-Year Introductory Programming Class Using Team-Based Learning, Joyce C. Lai, Connor L. Kesterson, Mohamed Y. Selim Jan 2020

Planting A Soft Skills Seed In A First-Year Introductory Programming Class Using Team-Based Learning, Joyce C. Lai, Connor L. Kesterson, Mohamed Y. Selim

Electrical and Computer Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

Today's competitive global market demands that engineers possess "soft skills" in addition to technical skills. Currently, engineers learn leadership, teamwork, and management skills while working "soft skills the hard way". In order to meet the demands of this changing world, engineering programs in different universities are challenged to come up with innovative ways to teach classes so that graduates are prepared to take on the challenges twenty-first-century engineers face. Team-Based Learning (TBL) is an advancing teaching pedagogy that shifts instruction from a traditional lecture-based teaching paradigm to a structured learning sequence. TBL has shown to be effective in student ...


Mastering The Hard Stuff: The History Of College Concrete-Canoe Races And The Growth Of Engineering Competition Culture, Amy Bix Jul 2019

Mastering The Hard Stuff: The History Of College Concrete-Canoe Races And The Growth Of Engineering Competition Culture, Amy Bix

History Publications

This article details the history of college engineering competitions, originating with student concrete-canoe racing in the 1970s, through today’s multi-million-dollar international multiplicity of challenges. Despite initial differences between engineering educators and industry supporters over the ultimate purpose of undergraduate competitions, these events thrived because they evolved to suit many needs of students, professors, schools, corporations, professional associations, and the engineering profession itself. The twenty-first-century proliferation of university-level competitions in turn encouraged a trickling-down of technical contests to elementary-age children and high schools, fostering the institutionalization of what might be called a competition culture in engineering.


The Development Of The Infews-Er: A Virtual Resource Center For Transdisciplinary Graduate Student Training At The Nexus Of Food, Energy, And Water, Luis F. Rodríguez, Anna-Maria Marshall, Dan Cotton, Richard Koelsch, Jacek A. Koziel, Deanne Meyer, Dan Steward, Jill Heemstra, Anand Padmanabahn, John Classen, Nathan J. Meyer, Benjamin L. Ruddell, Sean M. Ryan, Ximing Cai, Emad Habib, Peter D. Saundry Apr 2019

The Development Of The Infews-Er: A Virtual Resource Center For Transdisciplinary Graduate Student Training At The Nexus Of Food, Energy, And Water, Luis F. Rodríguez, Anna-Maria Marshall, Dan Cotton, Richard Koelsch, Jacek A. Koziel, Deanne Meyer, Dan Steward, Jill Heemstra, Anand Padmanabahn, John Classen, Nathan J. Meyer, Benjamin L. Ruddell, Sean M. Ryan, Ximing Cai, Emad Habib, Peter D. Saundry

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

Problems at the nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (FEWS) are among the most complex challenges we face. Spanning simple to complex temporal, geographic, social, and political framings, the questions raised at this nexus require multidisciplinary if not transdisciplinary approaches. Answers to these questions must draw from engineering, the physical and biological sciences, and the social sciences. Practical solutions depend upon a wide community of stakeholders, including industry, policymakers, and the general public. Yet there are many obstacles to working in a transdisciplinary environment: unfamiliar concepts, specialized terminology, and countless “blind” spots. Graduate education occurs in disciplinary ‘silos', often ...


Intersections Of Design Thinking And Perceptions Of Success For Electrical, Computer, And Software Engineering Students, Sarah Rodriguez, Erin Doran, Paul S. Hengesteg Jan 2019

Intersections Of Design Thinking And Perceptions Of Success For Electrical, Computer, And Software Engineering Students, Sarah Rodriguez, Erin Doran, Paul S. Hengesteg

Education Conference Presentations, Posters and Proceedings

Engineering design thinking has become an important part of the educational discussion for both researchers and practitioners. Colleges and universities seek to graduate engineering students who can engage in the complex nature of combining both technical performance with design thinking skills. Prior research has shown that design thinking can be a solution for solving complicated technical and social issues in a holistic, adaptive way. However, little is known about how students make sense of their design thinking experiences and reconcile that into their perceptions of what it means to be a successful engineer. As part of a five-year National Science ...


Becoming La Ingeniera: Examining The Engineering Identity Development Of Undergraduate Latina Students, Sarah L. Rodriguez, Erin E. Doran, Mackenzie Sissel Jan 2019

Becoming La Ingeniera: Examining The Engineering Identity Development Of Undergraduate Latina Students, Sarah L. Rodriguez, Erin E. Doran, Mackenzie Sissel

Education Publications

Latina students are enrolling in postsecondary education in high numbers, yet their enrollment in engineering fields remains low. Part of the challenge Latina students face is a struggle to develop a strong professional identity as an engineer. Using a phenomenological approach, this study examined the experiences of undergraduate Latina engineering students. Researchers used a four-step process to understand the meaning-making process of identity formation. Latina engineering students developed professional identities through interactions with family members, engagement with identity-based organizations, and in relation to their other identities. Implications include the need to enhance family involvement, provide organizational support, and consider intersecting ...


Barriers And Motivators For Tractors Rops Retrofitting In Iowa, Charles V. Schwab, J. Gordon Arbuckle, H. Mark Hanna Jan 2019

Barriers And Motivators For Tractors Rops Retrofitting In Iowa, Charles V. Schwab, J. Gordon Arbuckle, H. Mark Hanna

Sociology Publications

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach conducted an assessment of Iowa farm operators‘ perceptions of the barriers and motivators when considering retrofitting tractors with rollover protective structures (ROPS). A statewide sample of approximately 2,000 farm operators was surveyed in the 2017 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll. A series of questions was asked to evaluate the importance of potential barriers to decisions to not retrofit a tractor and potential motivators that could influence the decision to retrofit or purchase a tractor with ROPS. The survey received a 48% response rate (999 responses). Among the 76% of Iowa farm operators ...


Origins Of Early Stem Interest For Black Male Graduate Students In Engineering: A Community Cultural Wealth Perspective, Brian A. Burt, Jarrel T. Johnson Sep 2018

Origins Of Early Stem Interest For Black Male Graduate Students In Engineering: A Community Cultural Wealth Perspective, Brian A. Burt, Jarrel T. Johnson

Education Publications

The development of talent in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields remains a national priority, one for which increasing the number of STEM participants from historically underrepresented populations is germane. Increasing the number of historically underrepresented students who complete advanced degrees in STEM will not only aid in solving national problems such as building infrastructure and strengthening national security, but also provide more models of success for future generations. Addressing this priority requires developing a better understanding of what leads students into and through STEM pathways, and finding ways to eliminate systemic barriers to their participation in STEM. This ...


Toward A Theory Of Engineering Professorial Intentions: The Role Of Research Group Experiences, Brian A. Burt Aug 2018

Toward A Theory Of Engineering Professorial Intentions: The Role Of Research Group Experiences, Brian A. Burt

Education Publications

This article advances the Theoretical Model of Engineering Professorial Intentions to explain why individuals do or do not choose to pursue faculty careers. A 13-month ethnographic study of members of a diverse chemical engineering research group was conducted. The resulting theoretical model accounts for six emergent components that contribute to members’ identification with faculty careers: (1) social identities and personal factors; (2) sociocultural factors; (3) participation, interactions, and learning in research group experiences; (4) faculty prototype; (5) social comparisons; and (6) individual and institutional experiences. The article concludes with implications for further research and recommendations regarding mentoring and design of ...


It Takes A Village: The Role Of Emic And Etic Adaptive Strengths In The Persistence Of Black Men In Engineering Graduate Programs, Brian A. Burt, Krystal L. Williams, Gordon J. M. Palmer Aug 2018

It Takes A Village: The Role Of Emic And Etic Adaptive Strengths In The Persistence Of Black Men In Engineering Graduate Programs, Brian A. Burt, Krystal L. Williams, Gordon J. M. Palmer

Education Publications

Black men, underrepresented in engineering, constitute a missing segment of the population who could contribute to the global knowledge economy. To address this national concern, stakeholders need additional research on strategies that aid in Black men’s persistence. This study explores the experiences of 30 Black men in engineering graduate programs. Three factors are identified as helping them persist from year to year, and in many cases through completion of the doctorate: the role of family, spirituality and faith-based community, and undergraduate mentors. The article concludes with implications for future research and professional practice that may improve the experiences of ...


Data, Data Everywhere: Implications And Considerations, Matthew D. Pistilli Aug 2018

Data, Data Everywhere: Implications And Considerations, Matthew D. Pistilli

Iowa State University Articles and Manuscripts

Learning Analytics in Higher Education provides a foundational understanding of how learning analytics is defined, what barriers and opportunities exist, and how it can be used to improve practice, including strategic planning, course development, teaching pedagogy, and student assessment. Well-known contributors provide empirical, theoretical, and practical perspectives on the current use and future potential of learning analytics for student learning and data-driven decision-making, ways to effectively evaluate and research learning analytics, integration of learning analytics into practice, organizational barriers and opportunities for harnessing Big Data to create and support use of these tools, and ethical considerations related to privacy and ...


Combining Academics And Social Engagement: A Major-Specific Early Alert Method To Counter Student Attrition In Science, Technology, Engineering, And Mathematics, Andrew J. Sage, Cinzia Cervato, Ulrike Genschel, Craig Ogilvie Jun 2018

Combining Academics And Social Engagement: A Major-Specific Early Alert Method To Counter Student Attrition In Science, Technology, Engineering, And Mathematics, Andrew J. Sage, Cinzia Cervato, Ulrike Genschel, Craig Ogilvie

Geological and Atmospheric Sciences Publications

Students are most likely to leave science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors during their first year of college. We developed an analytic approach using random forests to identify at-risk students. This method is deployable midway through the first semester and accounts for academic preparation, early engagement in university life, and performance on midterm exams. By accounting for cognitive and noncognitive factors, our method achieves stronger predictive performance than would be possible using cognitive or noncognitive factors alone. We show that it is more difficult to predict whether students will leave STEM than whether they will leave the institution. More ...


Developing The Next Generation Of Diverse Computer Scientists: The Need For Enhanced, Intersectional Computing Identity Theory, Sarah L. Rodriguez, Kathleen Lehman Apr 2018

Developing The Next Generation Of Diverse Computer Scientists: The Need For Enhanced, Intersectional Computing Identity Theory, Sarah L. Rodriguez, Kathleen Lehman

Education Publications

This theoretical paper explores the need for enhanced, intersectional computing identity theory for the purpose of developing a diverse group of computer scientists for the future. Greater theoretical understanding of the identity formation process specifically for computing is needed in order to understand how students come to understand themselves as computer scientists. To ensure that the next generation of computer scientists is diverse, this paper presents a case for examining identity development intersectionally, understanding the ways in which women and underrepresented students may have difficulty identifying as computer scientists and be systematically oppressed in their pursuit of computer science careers ...


The Personal Is Archival: Researching And Teaching With Stories Of Women Engineers, Scientists, And Doctors, Amy Bix Apr 2018

The Personal Is Archival: Researching And Teaching With Stories Of Women Engineers, Scientists, And Doctors, Amy Bix

History Conference Papers, Presentations and Posters

Personal stories from archives are essential to understand the historical gendering of American science, medicine, technology, and innovation. Advocates promoted science, medicine, and engineering to young men, yet the twentieth-century brought increasing numbers of women into STEM education and employment. This paper illustrates the above by offering guidance to key archival and digital collections that show how women (individually and as groups) made places for themselves in modern science, technology, and medicine. Sources illustrate complex intersections for women simultaneously shaping professional and personal identities. This paper suggests how historians can reach beyond individual biographies to build broader analyses that deploy ...


Rapid Needs Assessment And Response Technique, Jacqueline Comito, Brandy Case Haub, Mark Licht Apr 2018

Rapid Needs Assessment And Response Technique, Jacqueline Comito, Brandy Case Haub, Mark Licht

Agronomy Publications

The rapid needs assessment and response technique (RNR) is a useful tool for Extension professionals seeking ways to improve workshop structure. Facilitators using RNR organize workshop participants in small groups and then rotate the groups through a series of stations where participants dialogue on questions central to the workshop topic. The technique helps adult learners actively engage with one another, thus improving their ability to learn the subject matter. Use of RNR also allows facilitators to understand participants' existing knowledge of a workshop topic and tailor their education to participants' specific questions and needs.