June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
NSF Grantees Poster Session
26.83.1 - 26.83.7
A Plan to Diffuse Hands-On Teaching and Learning in Puerto RicoAbstractDecades of engineering education research have resulted in excellent progress, innovation andunderstanding of the teaching and learning process; however, diffusion of these developmentsinto the engineering classroom is a challenge that has yet to be resolved at a systemic level. As aresult, the majority of the engineering faculty in Puerto Rico and the USA still use the traditionalmodel of teaching and learning that is based on the simple transfer of knowledge from teacher tostudent. Many of the educational innovations that have been researched are founded onconstructivist methodologies. These are based on the widely accepted principle that studentsconstruct their own versions of reality rather than simply absorbing versions presented by theirteachers. Constructivist methodologies provide students with the opportunity to explore newconcepts; it recognizes that conflicts will emerge between the new material and the priorexperience that each student brings into the classroom; and assistance is provided to helpstudents overcome these conflicts to help them succeed in creating the new knowledge.Knowledge transfer from the teacher to the student (traditional method) can be very effective ifthe instructor times it correctly to resolve these conflicts. This paper discusses the plans to begina systemic spread of constructivist methodologies in all the engineering schools in Puerto Rico.This initial effort specifically addresses courses in electrical circuits and electronicinstrumentation. The Analog Discovery Board, essentially a circuits laboratory that fits in thepalm of one’s hand, will be used as the medium to explore the course concepts. The primarymeans for diffusion will consist of two NSF-funded faculty workshops in Puerto Rico designedand led by two of the authors who have ample experience with the device and with thesemethodologies, including its successful application in distance learning. NSF has providedfunding for two years, from October 2014 to September 2016, to allow the researchers to obtaininitial data on diffusion rates and to perform additional assessment to determine effectivenessand the satisfaction level of faculty and students.
Morales, J. C., & Astatke, Y., & Connor, K. A., & Prince, M. J., & Vergara-Laurens, I., & Ruales Ortega, M. C. (2015, June), A Plan to Diffuse Mobile Hands-On Teaching and Learning in Puerto Rico Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23424
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