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An investigation of the Information-Seeking Behaviors of Two-Year College Students Enrolled in Technology Programs

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Information Literacy, Computer Efficacy and Readiness

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Two Year College Division

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9

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23.182.1 - 23.182.9

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https://peer.asee.org/19196

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Melissa Isabel Zelaya Clemson University

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Melissa I. Zelaya is the Program Manager of the Center for Aviation and Automotive Technical Education using Virtual E-Schools (CAAVES). She is also a doctoral candidate in the Industrial Engineering department at Clemson University. Her research interests include the effects of digital learning environments on technology and engineering education, student-centered learning, and human-computer interaction. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University in 2005 and 2008, respectively.

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Kapil Chalil Madathil Clemson University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-8938-9793

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Jeff Bertrand

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Tianwei Wang Clemson

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T. Wang is with the Mechanical Engineering Department, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634 USA

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Anand K. Gramopadhye Clemson University

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Dr. Anand K. Gramopadhye’s research focuses on solving human-machine systems design problems and modeling human performance in technologically complex systems such as health care, aviation and manufacturing. He has more than 200 publications in these areas, and his research has been funded by NIH, NASA, NSF, FAA, DOE, and private companies.
Currently, he and his students at the Advanced Technology Systems Laboratory are pursuing cutting-edge research on the role of visualization and virtual reality in aviation maintenance, hybrid inspection and job-aiding, technology to support STEM education and, more practically, to address information technology and process design issues related to delivering quality health care.
As the Department Chair, he has been involved in the initiation of programmatic initiatives that have resulted in significant growth in the Industrial Engineering Program, situating it in the forefront both nationally and internationally. These include the Online Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering Program, the Endowed Chairs Program in Industrial Engineering, Human Factors and Ergonomics Institute and the Clemson Institute for Supply Chain and Optimization and the Center for Excellence in Quality.
For his success, he has been recognized by the NAE through the Frontiers in Engineering Program, and he has received the College’s Collaboration Award and the McQueen Quattlebaum Award, which recognizes faculty for their outstanding research. In addition, Dr. Gramopadhye serves as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics and on the editorial board for several other journals.

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John R. Wagner Clemson University

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JOHN WAGNER joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson in 1998. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and Purdue University. Dr. Wagner was previously on the engineering staff at Delphi Automotive Systems and Delphi Delco Electronics (formerly Delco Electronics as a subsidiary of General Motors Hughes Electronics) designing automotive control systems. His research interests include nonlinear and intelligent control systems, dynamic system modeling, diagnostic and prognostic strategies, and mechatronic system design with application to turbines and automobiles. He has developed the multi-disciplinary Rockwell Automation Mechatronics Educational Laboratory which features hands-on robotic, programmable logic controller, electronic, and material handling experiments. He is a past Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control and IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, respectively. Dr. Wagner is a licensed Professional Engineer and Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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Sabarish V. DUPE Babu School of Computing, Clemson University

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Abstract

An investigation of the Information-Seeking Behaviors of Two-Year College Students Enrolled in Technology ProgramsIncreasingly, the demand for a highly skilled workforce has been front and center among mediaoutlets, legislative initiatives, and political speeches. Two-year technical and communitycolleges play a key role in providing new and expanding industries with the highly skilledworkforce they require. However, the current literature does not provide a clear understanding onhow students enrolled in automotive, aviation, and manufacturing technology programs seekinformation that supports their technical education. This knowledge is important in thedevelopment of educational resources and tools that will be most effective for their educationaladvancement.As part of a regional effort to better understand internet use among this group of students, asurvey instrument was deployed at four two-year technical and community colleges in SouthCarolina. The target population for this survey was students enrolled in Aircraft MaintenanceTechnology, Avionics Maintenance Technology, Automotive Technology, and ManufacturingTechnology programs. The aim of this survey was to understand the online information-seekingbehaviors of two-year technical college students for educational materials specific to theaviation, automotive, and manufacturing industries. The survey also pursued information aboutstudent’s usage of mobile devices (i.e., smart phones and tablets), social media, blogs, and videogames. More than 200 students responded to the survey.The results of the survey will be utilized to inform how technical college students at different agegroups, race, and ethnicity use communication channels, including the Internet, to obtaineducational information. In addition, the results will advise the design of interventions toovercome barriers identified in the delivery and consumption of online resources and tools. Inall, the results of this survey are intended to impact the development of more effective technicaleducation strategies for online delivery of courses, resources, and tools.

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