June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
NSF Grantees Poster Session
23.297.1 - 23.297.10
Collaborative Research: Center for Mobile Hands-On STEMMobile Hands-On STEM (MOHS) has been implemented and studied in three NSF fundedprojects: The Mobile Studio Project (RPI, Howard, Rose-Hulman, U Albany); Lab-in-a-Box(Virginia Tech); and TESSAL (Georgia Tech). Application of MOHS pedagogy has expanded atall partner institutions and been successfully transferred to other institutions in the US (e.g.Wisconsin-Madison, Boston University, Morgan State University, Virginia Western, CommunityCollege of Rhode Island, etc.) and in other countries (e.g. Ethiopia, Cameroon). In all cases,hands-on learning has been successfully implemented at low cost, with more engaged studentsand instructors, and hands-on learning implemented in courses that were traditionally only theorybased. Although the development and spread of this exciting new approach to STEM educationargue for broad application, the documented case for its adoption is not yet at the stage where allSTEM educators can fully appreciate its merit. This is due, in part, to the characteristics of theearly adopters who tend to be curious and innovative about how students learn within theircontent; at ease with the technology of electrical and computer engineering; well acquainted withSTEM educational research, etc. As a result, the most effective approach to STEM education isstill in question in the broader community and best practice methods of dissemination of MOHSpedagogy to the entire STEM community have not yet been identified.RPI, as the lead institution, along with Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, University of Albany, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Howard University, and Morgan State University are pursuingactivities that support the following goals: I. Gather strong evidence of the effectiveness of Mobile Hands-On STEM pedagogy on student learning II. Develop a pro-active dissemination strategy that will be effective with all of the STEM educational community.To achieve these goals, we are documenting the evidence already available on mobile hands-onlearning, identifying and standardizing the assessment tools utilized by the three main partners(RPI, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech), developing and implementing new assessment tools thatmeasure student learning as well as ease of adoption by instructors, holding a practitioners’ bestpractices workshop for instructors who currently employ mobile hands-on education to build acommunity of users to pool expertise, holding focus groups among different constituencies toidentify the barriers for wide-spread adoption and how these might be overcome, holding a seriesof mini workshops to introduce mobile hands-on learning to instructors from these differentconstituencies, and will pilot a full-scale workshop for new instructors to mobile hands-onlearning near the end of the proposed program.
Connor, K. A., & Meehan, K., & Ferri, B. H., & Newman, D., & Astatke, Y., & Chouikha, M. F., & Walter, D. (2013, June), Collaborative Research: Center for Mobile Hands-On STEM Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19311
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