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An Evaluation of a Digital Learning Management System In High School Physics Classrooms (Evaluation)

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering Division: Engineering Alignment with Core Curriculum (Physics)

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Engineering Physics & Physics and Pre-College Engineering Education Division

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Meera N.K. Singh PEng University of Calgary

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Meera Singh obtained her PhD. from the University of Waterloo, Canada, specializing in fatigue life prediction methods. Following her PhD studies, she joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manitoba, Canada, where she was a faculty member for 12 years. During that time, she conducted research primarily in the area of the fatigue behaviour of composite materials, regularly taught courses in applied mechanics, and served as the Chair for the WISE K-12 Outreach Committee. Meera joined the University of Calgary in 2015.

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Qiao Sun University of Calgary

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Qiao Sun is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Calgary. She is also the Associate Dean (Diversity and Equity) at the Schulich School of Engineering. She obtained her BSc in Power Machinery Engineering and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1982 and 1986 respectively, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria in 1996. She has taught engineering courses such as engineering mechanics, numerical analysis, control systems and advanced robotics. Her teaching excellence has been recognized by numerous awards. More recently, she is interested in developing inclusive teaching best practices that will support students with diverse learning styles for improved learning outcomes.

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Cassy M. Weber Science Alberta Foundation (o/a MindFuel)

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Cassy Weber brings over twenty years of senior leadership experience in the science and technology sector, and specifically, in identifying new product software opportunities for emerging media and education technologies. Cassy has worked extensively with groups within industry, K-12 education and post secondary. She studied science at the University of Waterloo and has a Commerce Degree from the Sauder School of Business from the University of British Columbia. She is the CEO of MindFuel (Science Alberta Foundation), a registered charity and non-profit, which develops award winning STEM resources for K-12.

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An Evaluation of a Digital Learning Management System for Use in High School Physics Classrooms - Evaluation

For this study interested parties, engineering university academics and K-12 STEM researchers, have partnered in an attempt to impact high school physics enrollment by evaluating a 21st century teaching and learning tool that can act as an alternative to conventional teaching methods. The Digital Learning Management System (DLMS) has the potential to change the perception of high school physics and, ultimately, to improve student outcomes. This learning tool has been developed by a leading STEM educational not-for-profit Canadian organization. The tool appeals to digital natives (high school students), and incorporates: mind mapping (discovery based learning), experts on call, gamification, all integrated through teacher views that produce dynamic project-based lesson plans. The system encourages an interdisciplinary approach that requires students to draw on multiple subject areas simultaneously to solve real world problems.

This paper presents the results of the initial evaluation of the DLMS. After providing the details regarding its infrastructure, a critical evaluation of the platform and how it supports both teachers and students in a balanced approach to learning is presented. This evaluation draws upon the Felder-Silverman Learning Style Model (FSLM) in that elements of the DLSM are evaluated within the context of the models four dimensions. The initial results of a pilot project aimed at evaluating its effectiveness in schools is discussed.

Singh, M. N., & Sun, Q., & Weber, C. M. (2016, June), An Evaluation of a Digital Learning Management System In High School Physics Classrooms (Evaluation) Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26584

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