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Board 131: Nationwide Dissemination and Critical Assessment of Low-cost Desktop Learning Modules for Engineering: A Systematic, Supported Approach

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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12

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Olivia Reynolds Washington State University

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First year Chemical Engineering doctoral student pursuing research on the development and dissemination of low-cost, hands-on learning modules displaying heat and mass transfer concepts in a highly visual, interactive format. Graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering in 2017 and an M.S. degree with research focused on potentiometric-based biosensing in 2019.

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Kitana M. Kaiphanliam Washington State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-9799-0463

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Kitana Kaiphanliam is a first-year doctoral student in the Chemical Engineering program at Washington State University (WSU). Her research interests include biomanufacturing for immunotherapy applications and miniaturized hands-on learning devices for engineering education. Kitana is an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) at WSU, and serves as their Graduate Student Chair for the 2018-19 academic year.

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Aminul Islam Khan P.E. Washington State University

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Aminul Islam Khan
PhD Candidate
School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Washington State University, Pullman, WA

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Aminul Islam Khan has received BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the most regarded and reputed engineering university of Bangladesh, Bangladesh University Engineering and Technology (BUET). In his BSc degree, he had received the department Gold medal because of his outstanding results.

Aminul Islam Khan has joined to BUET in 2011 as a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering Department. In 2015, he has become an Assistant Professor in the same department of BUET. In 2016, he has joined to School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering of WSU as a PhD student. From that time, he has been working as a Research Assistant. As a research assistant, he has been working to improve learning in undergraduate engineering education along with his scientific research.

Aminul Islam Khan is committed to excellence in teaching as well as research and always promotes a student-centered learning environment. He has a keen ability to teach, advise, and recruit students. He has proven himself to be a very effective researcher by publishing several journal articles. His resume has a substantial list of publications, including peer-reviewed articles in national and international journals and conferences. Moreover, he has joined in several reputed conferences, for example American Physical Society (APS), and presented his scholarly works.

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Negar Beheshti Pour Washington State University

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Negar Beheshtipour received her B.S. in chemical Engineering at Tehran University where she also taught as a teacher assistant. She is currently working towards a PhD in Chemical Engineering at Washington State University under supervision of Dr. Van Wie and Dr. Thiessen. In addition to her chemical engineering research into phase separation in microgravity, Negar is interested in engineering education and new pedagogies. Now she is working on low-cost version of desktop learning modules.

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Katelyn Dahlke Washington State University

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Katelyn Dahlke received her B.S. in chemical engineering from Iowa State University in 2013. She received her M.S. and Ph.D, in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2019. She currently works as a postdoc doing engineering education research at Washington State University.

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David B. Thiessen Washington State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-4283-5914

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David B.Thiessen received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado in
1992 and has been at Washington State University since 1994. His research interests include fluid
physics, acoustics, and engineering education.

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Jacqueline Burgher Gartner Campbell University

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Jacqueline Burgher Gartner is an Assistant Professor at Campbell University in the School of Engineering, which offers a broad BS in engineering with concentrations in chemical and mechanical engineering. Campbell University started the engineering program in 2016, and she is leading the design and implementation of the chemical engineering curriculum at Campbell's innovative, project based pedagogical approach. She has a PhD in chemical engineering from Washington State University, where she specialized in miniaturizing industrial systems for applications in the undergraduate engineering classroom.

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Olusola Adesope Washington State University

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Dr. Olusola O. Adesope is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and a Boeing Distinguished Professor of STEM Education at Washington State University, Pullman. His research is at the intersection of educational psychology, learning sciences, and instructional design and technology. His recent research focuses on the cognitive and pedagogical underpinnings of learning with computer-based multimedia resources; knowledge representation through interactive concept maps; meta-analysis of empirical research, and investigation of instructional principles and assessments in STEM. He is currently a Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Engineering Education.

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Prashanta Dutta Washington State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-5082-3994

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Prof. Prashanta Dutta has received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Texas A&M University in 2001. Since then he has been working as an Assistant Professor at the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University. He was promoted to the rank of Associate and Full Professor in 2007 and 2013, respectively. Prof. Dutta is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He current serves as an Editor for the Electrophoresis.

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Bernard J. Van Wie Washington State University

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Prof. Bernard J. Van Wie received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D., and did his postdoctoral work at the University of Oklahoma where he also taught as a visiting lecturer. He has been on the Washington State University (WSU) faculty for 36 years and for the past 22 years has focused on innovative pedagogy research as well as technical research in biotechnology. His 2007-2008 Fulbright exchange to Nigeria set the stage for him to receive the Marian Smith Award given annually to the most innovative teacher at WSU. He was also the recent recipient of the inaugural 2016 Innovation in Teaching Award given to one WSU faculty member per year.

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Abstract

Effective, organized dissemination and assessment of learning tools designed to address common misconceptions and foster learning in engineering courses is crucial. It has been widely shown that students engaged in active learning perform significantly better than those learning passively. Thus, there is currently a movement toward the use of active learning in the classroom. In the current paper, we report on an NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) project that seeks to complement the national efforts. We have developed Low-Cost Desktop Learning Modules (LC-DLMs) which replicate industrial equipment on a small scale and can be used in traditional classroom settings to display fundamental mass and heat transfer concepts in a highly visual format. Studies with existing venturi meter and hydraulic loss LC-DLMs show statistically significant improvement in performance, especially at higher Bloom’s levels of evaluate and create, as well as positive impacts on motivation and self-efficacy for students exposed to the LC-DLM intervention versus those taught fluid mechanics concepts in a lecture-based format. This supports the hypothesis that use of LC-DLMs fosters deeper conceptual understanding.

Based on these results, we are continuing to explore the benefit of LC-DLMs by engaging in a national dissemination effort which will allow a more critical assessment of LC-DLM impact across a wide demographic base. We have begun distributing existing LC-DLM cartridges to institutions nationwide, including minority serving colleges and those located in Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) states, and will continue to expand the dissemination effort over the next several years. Dissemination will be supported with a web-based hotline structure, video tutorials, and worksheet and assessment materials. Additionally, seven regional hub-based workshops over five years, beginning with a workshop for hub coordinators in March 2019, will serve to educate faculty on appropriate use and implementation of LC-DLMs in the classroom, foster local interest, and catalyze the spread of LC-DLMs. Finally, additional LC-DLM cartridges including a miniature fluidized bed and cooling tower are in development. Through these efforts, we hope to gather and critically assess a multitude of evidence supporting the ability of LC-DLMs to improve undergraduate student performance as well as provide the complex support structure required for large-scale adoption of hands-on learning tools encouraging active, collaborative learning in engineering classrooms.

Reynolds, O., & Kaiphanliam, K. M., & Khan, A. I., & Beheshti Pour, N., & Dahlke, K., & Thiessen, D. B., & Gartner, J. B., & Adesope, O., & Dutta, P., & Van Wie, B. J. (2019, June), Board 131: Nationwide Dissemination and Critical Assessment of Low-cost Desktop Learning Modules for Engineering: A Systematic, Supported Approach Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32236

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