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Community College student research project pedagogy delivered online during COVID-19 and assessment of scientific principle learning

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2020 Fall ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Meeting

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Virtual (hosted by Stevens Institute of Technology)

Publication Date

November 7, 2020

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November 7, 2020

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November 7, 2020

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17

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sunil Dehipawala City University of New York, Queensborough Community College

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Sunil Dehipawala received his B.S. degree from University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka and Ph.D from City University of New York. Currently, he is working as a faculty member at Queensborough Community College of CUNY.

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Dimitrios S. Kokkinos City University of New York, Queensborough Community College

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Dr. Dimitrios Kokkinos is an Associate Professor of Physics at Queensborough Community College of CUNY since 2017. He Completed his Electrical Engineering degrees (BE, ME, PhD) at CUNY and undergraduate in Physics in Europe. He worked in industry for AT&T Bell Labs and Verizon Communications for 23 years as a telecommunications engineer specialized in fiber optical system research and development. He is teaching pre-Engineering Physics courses, conducts research in fiber sensors and mentors student research projects.

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Vazgen Shekoyan

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Dr. Vazgen Shekoyan is a professor of physics and his experiences include pedagogy, CubeSat, etc.

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Rex Taibu

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Dr. Rex Taibu has taught studio physics classes for several years. His teaching experience has shaped his research focus. Currently, Dr. Taibu is actively engaged in

1) promoting scientific inquiry attitudes in students through designing, implementing, and assessing innovative inquiry based physics labs.

2) conducting research regarding the role of language in conceptual understanding.

3) exploring cosmic rays (detection, data collection, and analysis).

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George Tremberger Jr

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George Tremberger serves as Lecturer in City University of New York Queensborough Community College Physics Department and his interests include pedagogy and astronomy.

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Tak Cheung

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Tak Cheung, Ph.D., professor of physics, teaches in CUNY Queensborough Community College. He also conducts research and mentors student research projects.

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Abstract

Research projects using web available data would be suitable to be delivered online from professors to community college students. There have been several articles describing the negative impact of COVID-19 lockdown to women in science careers, published by Nature and Science. Any pedagogy for online delivery of research projects must be flexible so as not to exclude care givers participations, and yet should not demand excessive faculty instruction time. The online delivery pedagogy found that data curation was necessary due to the fact that the learning of the various data pipelines would not be easy for community college student participants with limited mobility during COVID-19 stringent lockdown rules in New York City. Data curation examples including spatial data in stochastic calculus Fokker Planck equation, T-cell spatial-temporal data, exoplanet transit data, Hubble quasar data, and Solar Dynamic Observatory data are presented. An Excel example of data visualization using the Illustris TNG cosmology simulations would be useful to strengthen the experiential learning of data processing in the pedagogy of data curation during COVID-19 lockdown. In comparison, the online delivery of analysis techniques such as nonlinear data fitting, pairwise comparison, Bayesian statistics, etc. can be adapted from the in-person delivery mode in a straightforward manner when given ample preparation time. The assessment consists of the three deliverables developed by McGill University experiential learning team in terms of content-process mixture, big picture perspective, and reflection, and a deliverable on scientific data resolution effect on the analysis. The development of using artificial intelligence software for scientific data visualization in online mode is discussed.

Dehipawala, S., & Kokkinos, D. S., & Shekoyan, V., & Taibu, R., & Tremberger, G., & Cheung, T. (2020, November), Community College student research project pedagogy delivered online during COVID-19 and assessment of scientific principle learning Paper presented at 2020 Fall ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Meeting, Virtual (hosted by Stevens Institute of Technology). https://peer.asee.org/36044

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