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An Assessment Methodology for Examining the Role of Slate Enabled Technology in Developing Innovative Thinking

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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23.152.1 - 23.152.4



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Catherine T. Amelink Virginia Tech

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Dr. Amelink is a research analyst and assessment specialist in the Dean's Office at the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech.

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Glenda R. Scales Virginia Tech

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Dr. Glenda R. Scales serves as both associate dean for Distance Learning and Computing and director of the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP) in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. Dr. Scales also provides leadership for international programs, research computing and academic computing within the College of Engineering. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Instructional Technology from Virginia Tech, a M.S. in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins and a B.S. in Computer Science from Old Dominion University.

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Bevlee A. Watford Virginia Tech

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Dr. Bevlee A. Watford is a professor of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. She currently serves as the associate dean for academic affairs and the director of the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity.

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An Assessment Methodology for Examining the Role of Slate Enabled Technology in Developing Innovative ThinkingThe ability to transform creative ideas into useful products and services through problem-solvingthat requires applying known information to unknown situations, finding new information andassessing its value or worth, and collaborating to develop ideas can be facilitated throughpedagogical approaches that create engaging and active learning environments. Instructionaltechnology, when used effectively, has been shown to enhance educational environmentsfacilitating active and engaging learning strategies such as providing access to information,ideas, and collaborative exchanges focused on generating innovative solutions. Recentadvancements in slate enabled laptop computers and smaller slate hand-held devices (e.g., TabletPCs, iPads, HP Slate 500s), a form of instructional technology, and their impact on innovativethinking skills have been relatively unexamined. This poster will report on the evaluationmethodology that is being used for a NSF TUES sponsored study that is examining whethereffective use of slate enabled technology has an impact on the innovative thinking skills amongengineering undergraduates enrolled in large lecture classes. The methodology used in this studythat will be discussed is a quasi-experimental mixed method approach utilizing a control andtreatment group. The discussion in the poster will focus on the tools and approaches used forevaluation. Findings highlighted from the study can be used by other universities that areinterested in examining how to develop innovative thinking skills.

Amelink, C. T., & Scales, G. R., & Watford, B. A. (2013, June), An Assessment Methodology for Examining the Role of Slate Enabled Technology in Developing Innovative Thinking Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19166

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