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A First-year Progress Report on "Collaborative Research Using Low-cost Desktop Learning Modules to Educate Diverse Undergraduate Communities in Engineering"

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

Conference Session

NSF Grantees: Learning Tools (Hands On)

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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9

DOI

10.18260/1-2--34003

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https://www.jee.org/34003

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Katelyn Dahlke University of Wisconsin - Madison

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Katelyn Dahlke received her B.S. in chemical engineering from Iowa State University in 2013. She received her M.S. and Ph.D, in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2019. She completed a postdoc doing hands-on engineering education research at Washington State University. She will be a faculty associate at the University of Wisconsin Madison starting in Summer 2020.

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Kitana Kaiphanliam Washington State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-9799-0463

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Kitana Kaiphanliam is a second-year doctoral student in the Chemical Engineering program at Washington State University (WSU). Her research interests include biomanufacturing for immunotherapy applications and miniaturized hands-on learning devices for engineering education.

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Bernard J. Van Wie Washington State University

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Prof. Bernard J. Van Wie received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D., and did his postdoctoral work at the University of Oklahoma where he also taught as a visiting lecturer. He has been on the Washington State University (WSU) faculty for 37 years and for the past 22 years has focused on innovative pedagogy research and technical research in biotechnology. His 2007-2008 Fulbright exchange to Nigeria set the stage for him to receive the Marian Smith Award given annually to the most innovative teacher at WSU. He was also the recent recipient of the inaugural 2016 Innovation in Teaching Award given to one WSU faculty member per year.

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David B. Thiessen Washington State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-4283-5914

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David B.Thiessen received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado in
1992 and has been at Washington State University since 1994. His research interests include fluid
physics, acoustics, and engineering education.

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Prashanta Dutta Washington State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-5082-3994

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Prof. Prashanta Dutta has received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Texas A&M University in 2001. Since then he has been working as an Assistant Professor at the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University. He was promoted to the rank of Associate and Full Professor in 2007 and 2013, respectively. Prof. Dutta is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He current serves as an Editor for the Electrophoresis.

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Olusola Adesope Washington State University

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Dr. Olusola O. Adesope is a Professor of Educational Psychology and a Boeing Distinguished Professor of STEM Education at Washington State University, Pullman. His research is at the intersection of educational psychology, learning sciences, and instructional design and technology. His recent research focuses on the cognitive and pedagogical underpinnings of learning with computer-based multimedia resources; knowledge representation through interactive concept maps; meta-analysis of empirical research, and investigation of instructional principles and assessments in STEM. He is currently a Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Engineering Education.

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Olivia Reynolds Washington State University

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First year Chemical Engineering doctoral student pursuing research on the development and dissemination of low-cost, hands-on learning modules displaying heat and mass transfer concepts in a highly visual, interactive format. Graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2017 and with an M.S focused on potentiometric biosensing in 2018

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Aminul Islam Khan P.E. Washington State University

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Aminul Islam Khan
PhD Candidate
School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Washington State University, Pullman, WA

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Aminul Islam Khan has received BSc/MSc. in Mechanical Engineering from the most regarded and reputed engineering university of Bangladesh, Bangladesh University Engineering and Technology (BUET). In his BSc, he received the Gold medal because of his outstanding results.

Aminul Islam Khan has joined to BUET in 2011 as a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering Department. Later, in 2015, he has become an Assistant Professor in the same department of BUET. In 2016, he has joined to School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering of WSU as a PhD student. From that time, he has been working as a Research Assistant. As a research assistant, he has been working to improve learning in undergraduate engineering education along with his scientific research.

Aminul Islam Khan is committed to excellence in teaching as well as research and always promotes a student-centered learning environment. He has a keen ability to teach, advise, and recruit students. He has proven himself to be a very effective researcher by publishing several journal articles. His resume has a substantial list of publications, including peer-reviewed articles in national and international journals and conferences. Moreover, he has joined in several reputed conferences, for example American Physical Society (APS), and presented his scholarly works.

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Jacqueline Gartner Ph.D. Campbell University

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Jacqueline Burgher Gartner is an Assistant Professor at Campbell University in the School of Engineering, which offers a broad BS in engineering with concentrations in chemical, electrical, and mechanical.

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Olufunso Oje Washington State University

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Olufunso Oje is a Masters student in the Educational Psychology program at Washington State University. His research interests include learning strategies in engineering education and multimedia learning. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a deep background in computing and software programming.

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Abstract

To propagate use of Low Cost Desktop Learning Modules (LC-DLMs) we have begun a hub-and-spoke dissemination plan by holding three hub workshops in this reporting period. The first dissemination workshop was held at our own institution in March 2019 to train all of the hub-coordinators as well as local participants. The PI team gave presentations on the motivation behind this project, DLM design, instructional philosophy, and best implementation practices. Graduate students ran hands-on activities with the LC-DLMs so that attendees had the opportunity to use all four modules (venturi meter, hydraulic loss, double pipe heat exchanger, and shell and tube heat exchanger) in conjunction with suggested classroom worksheets. A typical agenda can be seen in our website along with supporting information on how to use the https://labs.wsu.edu/educ-ate/. Workshop attendees have provided feedback and we have made the worksheets that go along with DLMs more qualitative rather than quantitative. They appreciated learning more about the instructional philosophy and motivation behind this project which encouraged them to more carefully conform to the project specifications. A lack of robust measures for assessing student understanding has been found in prior implementations of LC-DLMs. To address this, we used Bloom’s taxonomy to categorize learning outcomes, measure learning gains, and better analyze understanding of concepts embedded in use of exercises that involve the LC-DLMs.

We have also begun collecting data about the implementation effectiveness and will be collecting data from the fourteen participating institutions during the upcoming reporting period. Students assembled the new DLM kits themselves after watching tutorial videos in class, in contrast to the old method where TA’s assembled kits before class. Motivational surveys and pre/posttests will be given at each participating institution in the upcoming reporting period, and we anticipate having significantly more data to support our hypothesis that these hands-on learning modules enhance student learning as this project continues.

The four primary LC-DLM cartridges that were previously constructed by vacuum forming have all been reformatted to be constructed by injection molding. This reformatting was necessary to ease mass production, to allow for more reliable assembly, and to make them less fragile. The reformatted design also makes them more attractive to companies interested in commercializing the LC-DLMs, which is one route being pursued for their sustainability. Injection molds for the hydraulic-loss, venturi, double-pipe heat exchanger, and shell-and-tube heat exchanger cartridges have all been designed in CAD. Two of the molds, for hydraulic-loss and shell-and-tube heat exchanger, have already been built and the corresponding injection-molded parts produced. The injection-molded cartridges retain the excellent visual clarity that was available with the vacuum-formed DLMs.

Dahlke, K., & Kaiphanliam, K., & Van Wie, B. J., & Thiessen, D. B., & Dutta, P., & Adesope, O., & Reynolds, O., & Khan, A. I., & Gartner, J., & Oje, O. (2020, June), A First-year Progress Report on "Collaborative Research Using Low-cost Desktop Learning Modules to Educate Diverse Undergraduate Communities in Engineering" Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34003

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