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An Interdisciplinary Glimpse into the Best Practices for Effective Student Engagement in the Virtual Laboratory

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

Location

Virtual Conference

Publication Date

July 26, 2021

Start Date

July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

Conference Session

Virtual Laboratories: Experimentation and Laboratory-oriented Studies

Tagged Division

Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies

Page Count

8

DOI

10.18260/1-2--36675

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https://peer.asee.org/36675

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116

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Nathan L. Anderson California State University, Chico

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Dr. Nathan L. Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing at California State University Chico. He engages in multiple research projects spanning computational materials science to educational pedagogy. Prior to joining academia, he worked in the semiconductor manufacturing industry for KLA-Tencor Corporation. Before industry, he spent time at Sandia National Laboratories. He earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Purdue University and his B.S. in Materials Engineering from San Jose State University.

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Tiffani Anderson California State University, Chico

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Tiffani Anderson is a lecturer at CSU, Chico teaching organic chemistry. She received her M.S. degree in Organic Chemistry from Purdue University and her B.S. from CSU, Chico.

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Abstract

An Interdisciplinary Glimpse into the Best Practices for Effective Student Engagement in the Virtual Laboratory

In a virtual higher education environment, the laboratory experience has become one of the most difficult, if not impossible, experiences to replace. A good starting effort is to begin with courses that have a high degree of difficulty transitioning into a virtual domain. The concepts of Materials Science and Organic Chemistry often intersect with each other especially at the atomic level. Here, we focus on these two courses populated by Engineering majors. Various different approaches to implementing virtual laboratory experiences spanning these STEM disciplines are discussed and analyzed for their effectiveness. This effectiveness is based on student feedback from end-semester surveys, student evaluations of teaching as well as one-on-one student engagement during the semester. Specific questions students are asked relate to the use of audio/video conferencing software, pre-recorded videos, simulation/data-analysis software, group versus individual assignments/discussion, and synchronous versus asynchronous content delivery.

Anderson, N. L., & Anderson, T. (2021, July), An Interdisciplinary Glimpse into the Best Practices for Effective Student Engagement in the Virtual Laboratory Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36675

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