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Advancing Mechanical Engineering Education Through Mobile Learning Micro-Workshop Training

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2019 ASEE PNW Section Conference

Location

Corvallis, Oregon

Publication Date

March 20, 2019

Start Date

March 20, 2019

End Date

March 22, 2019

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https://peer.asee.org/31868

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Abstract

Workshop Title: Advancing Mechanical Engineering Education Through Mobile Learning Micro-Workshop Training

Presentation Type: Workshop 2 hours in length

Workshop Background and Motivation: Longitudinal data suggests that “Despite high ownership… the use of mobile technology in learning is not as widespread” (as cited in Chen, Seilhamer, Bennett, & Bauer, 2015). Moreover, “students are not as adept at using mobile technology as the devices' popularity suggests”, indicating that “ownership does not have a direct relationship to proficiency”. Although this gap is evident in higher education today, few institutions have specific programs designed to support faculty as they attempt to integrate emerging and mobile technologies into their teaching and learning. One survey indicates that “educators want to integrate technology at a much higher level than they currently are, but need support and assistance to do so” (The Center for Digital Education, p.18).

While most engineering curricula include technical and scientific topics, they often lack practical engineering experience and soft skills development (Burnik & Kosir, 2017). Evaluating and integrating current technology into the curriculum is essential to meeting 21st century educational expectations and workplace demands. Participants in this workshop will engage in active learning to analyze a variety of different teaching techniques, identify best practices for meeting learner’ needs, and design a plan for mobile learning integration in their courses. To maximize student success, over the past several years we explored how to use progressive learning theories, coupled with innovative mobile technologies.

Workshop Description: This workshop will introduce participants to mobile technologies and learning strategies which can enhance learning for mechanical engineering (ME) students. Participants will see examples of how a ME instructor used mobile learning strategies effectively in the classroom and identify ways to apply and transfer concepts through practice. Participants will engage in active learning through micro-workshops focused on relevant topics of digital learning such as, digital distraction, cloud-based collaboration, virtual office hours, and wireless presentation. Facilitators will also share highlights from a successful professional development program aimed at integrating mobile learning in higher education.

Learning outcomes attendees will take away by participating in this workshop:

Identify some mobile learning technologies and learning strategies which may be used for learning in a ME course See examples of how effective mobile learning technologies and strategies were used by a ME instructor Identify ways in which effective mobile learning technologies and strategies can be used in their specific ME courses Will discuss the pros and cons of using mobile learning technologies and strategies in their course Hear about a PD program designed to help a ME instructor in using mobile tech and strategies for increasing student learning.

Technology & Workshop Plan Technology: Smartphones and Tablets

In this workshop participants will:

pair and discuss how mobile learning technologies and strategies are currently being used at their institutions to advance learning in ME courses (5m) be introduced to a series of concepts related to digital learning; through corresponding micro workshops, participants will have the opportunity to transfer concepts to practice (40m) hear methods by which the discussed digital concepts were applied by an instructor for ME learning (40m) work in small groups to complete a provided template for mapping their individual plan for mobile learning integration in a ME course (15m) hear an overview of a successful professional development program for mobile learning at Boise State University (15 min)

References

Chen B., Seilhamer, R., Bennett, L. & Bauer, S. (2015). Students' mobile learning practices in higher education: A multi-year survey research study. EDUCAUSE Review Online.

Burnik, U., & Košir, A. (2017). Industrial product design project: building up engineering students’ career prospects. Journal of Engineering Design, 28(7–9), 549–567. https://doi.org/10.1080/09544828.2017.1361512

(2019, March), Advancing Mechanical Engineering Education Through Mobile Learning Micro-Workshop Training Paper presented at 2019 ASEE PNW Section Conference, Corvallis, Oregon. https://peer.asee.org/31868

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