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Board # 35 : Work in Progress: Analyzing Educational Methodologies for Electronic Technology Students

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Work-in-Progress Posters: Computers in Education Division Poster Session

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Evelyn R. Sowells North Carolina A&T State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Evelyn R. Sowells is an assistant professor in the Computer Systems Technology department at North Carolina A&T State University’s School of Technology. Prior to joining the School of Technology faculty, she held position at U.S. Department of Energy, N.C. A&T’s Division of Research and College of Engineering. Dr. Sowells earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University’s College of Engineering. She also holds a M.S. and B.S in Computer Science with a concentration in software engineering from the same university. Her primary research interests are in the areas of low-power high performance digital systems design, asynchronous design, self-timed digital system design and STEM education. As a result of her work, she has numerous peer reviewed journal and conference publications. She recently authored a book entitled “Low Power Self-Timed Size Optimization for an Input Data Distribution,” which explores innovative techniques to reduce power consumption for portable electronic devices. She was recently awarded the 2016 Chair’s award for Rookie Researcher of the year in the Computer System Technology department. Dr. Sowells is the lead investigator of the Females in Technology (FiT) summer boot camp grant project for academically gifted low income rising senior and junior high girls for recruitment into the technology degree areas. She is also the co-PI of the Aggie STEM Minority Male Maker grant project focused on early exposure to technology to stimulate interest in technology of middle school minority males. Evelyn is not only outstanding in teaching and research, but also in service. She recently received the 2013 Chair’s Award for Outstanding Service in the Department of Computer System Technology and is a member of Upsilon Phi Epsilon, Computer Science Honor Society, American Society of Engineering Education’s Electronic Technology and Women in Engineering Divisions, and American Association of University Women.

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Andrea Nana Ofori-Boadu North Carolina A&T State University Orcid 16x16

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Andrea Ofori-Boadu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Construction Management
Department of Built Environment, School of Technology
North Carolina A & T State University
Address: 112-A Price Hall
Phone: 336-285-3128

Dr. Andrea Ofori-Boadu is an Assistant Professor of Construction Management (CM) with the Department of Built Environment. She has a Ph.D. in Technology Management (Specialization in Construction Management), an M.Sc. in Industrial Technology (Specialization in Construction Management), and a B.Sc. in Building Technology. Dr. Ofori-Boadu has over 20 years of relevant academic and industry experience. Her major areas of research are in quality management, sustainable cement replacement materials, and STEM education.

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Li-Shiang Tsay

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Li-Shiang Tsay earned her Ph.D. degree in information technology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Systems Technology at NCA&TSU. Her research aims to augment people’s ability to deliver high performing solutions to maximize their data assets. To this end, she conducts research that spans the areas of Data Mining, Multimedia Databases, Intelligent Web Search, Complexity Adaptive Systems, and Rough Sets. The results of her research are widely published in several referred journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings and were presented at several international conferences. Dr. Tsay edited books for Springer and InderScience publishers. She is a member of the Editorial Board of an international journal in data mining. She was Program Chair of several international conferences. She has served and is currently serving as a member of the Program Committee of several international conferences. Dr. Tsay is honored to serve as a member of the Honorary Chair and Advisory Boards for several international conferences.

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Dewayne Randolph Brown

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Dr. DeWayne Brown received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1997. He received his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, North Carolina A & T State University in 1992. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina in 1990. Dr. Brown’s research interests are wireless communications, navigation, and electrical energy. Dr. Brown was employed at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University since 1997.

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The evolution of the educational environment has rapidly evolved over the past decade. The Internet’s inclusivity has impacted demographic groups around the world that in some cases may have never received access to a non-traditional education. In this paper, we examine our university’s educational environments; more specifically, traditional education vs. online education. Of the two, which one is more beneficial for students enrolled in our degree programs? There have been countless debates over which methodology produces better results. However, there are many levels of abstraction that must be considered when attempting to answer that question. Our goal is to research which educational means is most beneficial for a particular student and which is not. Which student demographic performs best in traditional courses and why? Is online education more advantageous for our millennial students? Do non-traditional students require more flexibility but more faculty support? We have taken a sample set of courses which offer traditional and online classes in the College of Science and Technology, analyzed student outcome data and developed a hypothesis on which education method is more effective. We compare achievements in terms of individual effort, group effort and knowledge gained. This information is paramount because it allows us to study the experiences, challenges, and triumphs of our students which will in turn advance the knowledge of faculty and researchers in our college about which strategies offer the most efficient results for future educational methodologies. It will also bring greater understanding of the student experience to The College of Science and Technology’s mostly underrepresented student experience.

Sowells, E. R., & Ofori-Boadu, A. N., & Douglas, J. R., & Tsay, L., & Brown, D. R. (2017, June), Board # 35 : Work in Progress: Analyzing Educational Methodologies for Electronic Technology Students Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27837

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