Asee peer logo

Capturing Differences Of Engineering Design Learning Environments By Means Of The Vanth Observation System

Download Paper |

Conference

2009 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Measurement Tools

Tagged Division

Educational Research and Methods

Page Count

23

Page Numbers

14.305.1 - 14.305.23

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/5159

Download Count

47

Request a correction

Paper Authors

biography

Lourdes Gazca Universidad de las Americas, Puebla

visit author page

Lourdes Gazca is Science, Engineering, and Technology Education Ph.D. Student at Universidad de las Americas Puebla in Mexico. She teaches mathematics and statistics related courses. Her research interests include faculty development, active and cooperative learning, and creating effective learning environments.

visit author page

biography

Enrique Palou Universidad de las Americas, Puebla

visit author page

Enrique Palou is Director, Center for Science, Engineering, and Technology Education; and Professor, Department of Chemical and Food Engineering at Universidad de las Americas Puebla in Mexico. He teaches engineering, food science, and education related courses. His research interests include emerging technologies for food processing, creating effective learning environments, and building rigorous research capacity in science, engineering and technology education.

visit author page

biography

Aurelio López-Malo Universidad de las Americas, Puebla

visit author page

Aurelio Lopez-Malo is Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical and Food Engineering at Universidad de las Americas Puebla in Mexico. He teaches food science and engineering related courses. His research interests include emerging technologies for food processing, natural antimicrobials, and active learning.

visit author page

biography

Juan Manuel Garibay Universidad de las Americas, Puebla

visit author page

Juan Manuel Garibay is Professor Emeritus of Universidad de las Americas Puebla (Mexico) where he taught education related courses. His research interests include collaborative learning, assessment, and building rigorous research capacity in science, engineering and technology education.

visit author page

Download Paper |

Abstract
NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

Capturing Differences of Engineering Design Learning Environments by Means of VaNTH Observation System

Keywords: Learning Environments, VaNTH Observation System, Engineering Design.

Abstract

Introduction to Engineering Design (EI-100) is a first-semester 3 credit required course for every engineering program of Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP). Course content and classroom activities are divided into three, two-hour sessions (Modeling, Concepts, and Laboratory) per week. Students have six different EI-100 facilitators (an instructor and teaching assistant for each session). UDLAP’s engineering students have in EI-100 a great opportunity for a multidisciplinary collaborative experience. EI-100 is a team-taught course that uses active, collaborative and cooperative learning, which has been a major player in UDLAP’s efforts of engineering education reform since 2001. However, EI-100 could be improved taking into account technological advances and recent research on human learning and cognitive processes that underlie expert performances.

The How People Learn (HPL) framework was used to redesign EI-100 to further promote an interactive classroom while integrating multiple formative assessments by means of Tablet PC technologies. The VaNTH Observation System (VOS) is an assessment tool developed to capture qualitative and quantitative classroom observation data from teaching and learning experiences of the bioengineering classroom. VOS is a four-part system that incorporates the elements of HPL framework and uses four recurring methods of collecting classroom data: recording student-teacher interactions, recording student academic engagement, recording narrative notes of classroom events, and rating specific indicators of effective teaching.

VOS was used to systematically assess HPL framework implementation in EI-100 classrooms. Observers measured differences in classroom experiences resulting from the innovations and redesigned learning environments. Over the course of the past year, three observers trained in VOS sat in EI-100 classrooms and observed 9 instructors, both junior and senior level, in over 60 class sessions from two different sections and the three different EI-100 sessions. Observers conducted a minimum of six observations per class. This past semester, observers achieved a 70 percent inter-rater reliability in using the VOS.

EI-100 redesign significantly (p < 0.05) increased student participation. Formative assessment and feedback were more common and rapid. Facilitators utilized the information gained through real-time formative assessment to tailor instruction to meet student needs. Particularly important were opportunities to make students’ thinking visible and give them chances to revise, as well as opportunities for “what if” thinking. VOS captured differences in EI-100 classroom experiences. These differences may be used to measure levels of “HPLness” of a lesson. Moreover VOS clearly captured differences among facilitators’ teaching styles and identified the effects of EI- 100 three different sessions. In addition, VOS generated detailed feedback that facilitators may use to self-assess and further refine EI-100 redesign.

Gazca, L., & Palou, E., & López-Malo, A., & Garibay, J. M. (2009, June), Capturing Differences Of Engineering Design Learning Environments By Means Of The Vanth Observation System Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/5159

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: © 2009 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