New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
This paper discusses the first year results of an initiative to diffuse mobile, hands-on teaching and learning in all the engineering schools in Puerto Rico. The effort addresses engineering courses that have an electrical/electronic circuits component such as electrical networks, electronics, experimental methods, and controls. This effort relies on constructivist methodologies which are based on the widely accepted principle that students construct their own versions of reality rather than simply absorbing versions presented by their teachers. The Analog Discovery Board, essentially a circuits laboratory that fits in the palm of one’s hand, is used as the medium to explore course concepts. The primary means for diffusion consist of two NSF-funded faculty workshops in Puerto Rico. The first workshop was conducted at Universidad del Turabo in February 2015. The workshop introduced the board and parts kit to 16 participating faculty members from four of the five engineering schools in Puerto Rico. The workshop also provided pedagogical materials that have already been developed for some courses, including videos that can be used in a flipped classroom environment. The workshop was rated as “excellent” with a score of 4.9 on a scale of 1 to 5. By the end of the first workshop, each faculty participant was ready to immediately start exploring mobile hands-on learning in their classrooms. Twenty Analog Discovery boards and parts kits were handed out to each participating institution to seed the diffusion effort. Results of a survey are presented in the paper. The results include diffusion rates as measured by the number of class sessions the board was used divided by the total number of class sessions held after the workshop, description of how the board was used in class and by the students, and issues that held back the faculty from implementing the board more often in the course.
Morales, J. C., & Connor, K. A., & Astatke, Y., & Prince, M. J., & Vergara-Laurens, I., & Goenaga-Jimenez, M. A. (2016, June), Diffusion of Mobile, Hands-on Teaching and Learning in Puerto Rico: First Year Results Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26837
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