Asee peer logo

Board # 66 : Using Technology to Reinvent a Learning Environment

Download Paper |


2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Engineering Technology Division Poster Session

Tagged Division

Engineering Technology

Page Count




Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Sheree Buikema Purdue University

visit author page

Sheree Buikema is an Instructional Designer working in Course Design and Development (CDD) at Purdue University. Prior to joining the CDD team, she piloted new technologies, including eText and LON-CAPA, as part of the Innovations in Teaching and Learning team. In addition to earning several teaching certifications, Sheree holds a Master of Education degree in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis on Curriculum, Technology, and Education Reform. As an instructor, she has led her students to win state and national awards. Over the past 15 years, she has designed and taught multiple face-to-face and hybrid courses. She has recently won Purdue’s Digital Education MVP: Instructional Design and Support Award for her work in hybridizing the Weekend MBA program. She has presented on several aspects of online learning and instructional design at national and international conferences.

visit author page


Robert J. Herrick Purdue Polytechnic Institute

visit author page

Robert J. Herrick is Purdue University’s Robert A. Hoffer Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology. He served as the Department Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department at Purdue University 2001-2010 and its Assistant Department Head in the 1990s. He has held leadership roles that include Tau Alpha Pi (President); ASEE ETLI; ASEE ETD; IEEE Press Editorial Board (Editor-in-Chief); FIE Steering Committee (Chair), ASEE ETC ET National Forum (co-founder and chair).

He has been recognized with national, regional, university, college, and department awards for outstanding teaching and professional service, including: Fellow of ASEE, ASEE’s Fredrick J. Berger Award and James H. McGraw Award; Purdue’s life-time Murphy Teaching Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching; induction into Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers (an honor reserved for only 267 faculty in the history of Purdue University at the time of his induction); Purdue Teaching Academy Fellow and Executive Board (charter member); the Ronald Schmitz Award for Outstanding Service to FIE; the ASEE IL-IN Outstanding Campus Representative; the ASEE Hewlett Packard Award for Excellence in Laboratory Instruction; the ASEE IL-IN Outstanding Teaching Award; Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World, in America, in Engineering and Science, and in Education.

visit author page


Wanju Huang Purdue University

visit author page

Dr. Wanju Huang is an instructional designer on the Course Design and Development team within ITaP's Teaching and Learning Technologies group at Purdue University. Prior to joining Purdue University in Fall 2016, Wanju was a lecturer and an instructional designer at Eastern Kentucky University. She is a certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer. Wanju enjoys collaborating with faculty to design online and blended courses. She strives to transfer faculty's expertise and teaching philosophy in different learning contexts and enhance students' learning experiences. She has published and presented research papers related to online learning and instructional design at national and international conferences. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Technology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

visit author page

Download Paper |


This is a reflection describing the process of redesigning a lower division electrical engineering technology course at a large, public university. It describes the incorporation of active learning in the classroom, primarily through the use of LON-CAPA (Learning Online Network with Computer-Assisted Personalized Approach), a powerful open-source courseware system. In this electrical engineering technology course, LON-CAPA is used as a content delivery method to better organize diverse learning options for students. It is also a powerful tool that provides instant feedback to students and collects analytics to inform teaching to immediately address misconceptions. This tool provides dynamic questions that virtually eliminate cheating and allow for unlimited practice. The resulting course redesign, which is still evolving, creates a more student-centered environment that encourages students to access information that best supports their learning needs and focuses on the process of learning over the product. Even though there is a positive trend in student ability to solve course problems, the authors have encountered implementation challenges such as ADA compliance issues and limited content access to students outside the university, both of which are discussed in the paper as well.

Buikema, S., & Herrick, R. J., & Huang, W. (2017, June), Board # 66 : Using Technology to Reinvent a Learning Environment Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27901

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2017 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015