New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
In previous work, we documented that inquiry-based activities could be very effective tools for misconception repair in heat transfer and thermodynamics. However, since many courses in the engineering core do not have laboratory sections, or are very large, it is challenging for many instructors to adopt these activities. Instructors may modify the activities to adapt them to their context, but in that case, the effectiveness of the activities as educational tools is unknown. Our goals in the current work are to first, create versions (modes) of the activities that are easier to use and assess their educational effectiveness. To what extent does delivery mode impact conceptual learning? Our second goal is to share all modes of all activities, with sufficient information that faculty can make good choices about their adoption, and learn which factors are most important for faculty adoption. The first two tasks towards these goals, creation of multiple modes for each activity, assessing each mode’s educational effectiveness, have been completed. Each activity comes in five modes – as an experiment conducted by student groups, as an experiment demonstrated by an instructor, as a simulation used by students, as a simulation demonstrated by the faculty, and as a thought experiment. For each of these activities / modes, we have compiled effectiveness data and ease of use information. In the third and final phase of this work, we now are sharing all modalities of these activities as downloadable packets/online assignments through the AIChE Concept Warehouse. This final phase of the project focuses on tracking faculty adoption and the factors (effectiveness, ease) that impact their adoption. We invite instructors teaching heat transfer to log in to the Concept Warehouse and use the activities for free in class and let us know what you think of them.
Vigeant, M. A., & Prince, M. J., & Nottis, K. E. K., & Koretsky, M., & Ekstedt, T. W. (2016, June), Design For Impact: Inquiry-based Activities for Important Concepts in Heat Transfer that Faculty Will Actually Use Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26678
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