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Cleerhub.Org: Creating A Digital Habitat For Engineering Education Researchers

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

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June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

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June 23, 2010



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Educational Research

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Educational Research and Methods

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15.280.1 - 15.280.11

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Ruth Streveler Purdue Universtiy

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Ruth A. Streveler is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Before coming to Purdue she spent 12 years at Colorado School of Mines, where she was the founding Director of the Center for Engineering Education. Dr. Streveler earned a BA in Biology from Indiana University-Bloomington, MS in Zoology from the Ohio State University, and Ph.D in Educational Psychology from the University of Hawaii at M?noa. Her primary research interest is investigating students’ understanding of difficult concepts in engineering science.

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Alejandra J. Magana Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Alejandra J. Magana is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Network for Computational Nanotechnology and the School of Engineering Education, at Purdue University West Lafayette. Alejandra's research interests center on how scientists and engineers reason with computing and computational thinking to understand complex phenomena. She is also interested in investigating how scientists and engineers perceive and experience the societal and ethical implications of nanotechnology. Based on her findings her goal is to identify and develop the necessary instructional changes to provide educational frameworks for educators of formal and informal learning environments.

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Karl Smith University of Minnesota


Tameka Clarke Douglas Purdue University

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Tameka Clarke Douglas is a doctoral candidate in Purdue's School of Engineering Education. Her research interests include communities of practice and conceptual understanding in statics.

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NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract Creating a digital habitat for engineering education researchers

Abstract 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.

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