June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 23, 2010
Educational Research and Methods
15.280.1 - 15.280.11
CLEERhub.org: Creating a digital habitat for engineering education researchers
CLEERhub.org uses HUBzero architecture to create a digital habitat for engineering education researchers. Wenger has stressed that community needs should be explored before a digital habitat is created. With this in mind, this paper discusses the features of CLEERhub envisioned by a sample of engineering education researchers. These features are mapped to three polarities Wenger identified as existing within virtual communities. Features which allow for asynchronous connections are favored by this sample of the engineering education research community and will be emphasized in the development of CLEERhub.
In 2004, the National Science Foundation sponsored three projects to build capacity in engineering education research: Rigorous Research in Engineering Education: Creating a Community of Practice (RREE) [DUE-0341127], Strengthening HBCU Engineering Education Research Capacity, [HRD- 0411994], and the Institute for Scholarship in Engineering Education (ISEE), an element of the Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education [ESI-0227558]. These programs attracted tremendous interest, with participant applications outweighing available slots by a ratio of approximately 3 to 1. The engineering education research communities that RREE and ISEE helped to foster have expanded and now have global reach. Capacity building has also been aided by the creation of PhD-granting departments of Engineering Education at several US and international institutions.
NSF recently funded a new project to continue and expand the work done by RREE and ISEE. Expanding and sustaining research capacity in engineering and technology education: Building on successful programs for faculty and graduate students (which we will call the RREE2) (DUE- 0817461) broadens the Community of Practice (COP) model successfully used to develop the RREE and ISEE programs.
Streveler, R., & Magana, A. J., & Smith, K., & Clarke Douglas, T. (2010, June), Cleerhub.Org: Creating A Digital Habitat For Engineering Education Researchers Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16754
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