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Green Plastics Laboratory by Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL)

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

Tagged Topic

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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24.655.1 - 24.655.10



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Spencer S. Kim Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

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Dr. Spencer Kim is an Associate Professor in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology Department (MMET) at RIT, and serves as Associate Director of American Packaging Corporation Center for Packaging Innovation at RIT. He previously worked in the semiconductor industry. Dr. Kim, as a PI or Co-PI, received grants and sponsorship from NSF, SME, SPE, universities, and industries. In 2009 and 2013, he was nominated for the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching, RIT’s premiere teaching award at RIT. Dr. Kim has directed numerous undergraduate research projects and several students won the first place in the undergraduate and graduate research competitions at the 2012 and 2013 GPEC (Global Plastics Environment Conference; Division of Society of Plastics Engineers).

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Sunday O. Faseyitan Butler County Community College

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Green Plastics Laboratory by Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) ABSTRACTThe higher education community has strived for reforming undergraduate STEM education, sothat traditional lecture-based instructions and laboratory exercises are transferred to morestudent-centered-learning formats. Innovative approaches such as student-centered, activelearning, and peer-led team learning, process-oriented-guided-inquiry-learning (POGIL), project-based learning (PBL) and other educational approaches have received increased attention withinthe educational communities. Particular approaches may be suitable to the specific characteristicsof the student and audience, facilities, instructional goals, personal preferences and educationalresources. Process-Oriented-Guided Inquiry-Learning (POGIL) is designed to replace traditionallecture-only methods by encouraging students to discuss course materials, rather than listening tothe instructor.One of the goals for the NSF project is to develop a laboratory course to teach undergraduatestudents in polymers selection and testing in the engineering technology curriculum usingpedagogical approaches of guided-inquiry. This laboratory course is to characterize and evaluatepolymers and bio-plastics by ASTM and ISO standards. Also, we emphasized on analyzingexperimental results and preparing professional-quality laboratory reports after studentscompleted the assigned experiment. We developed the POGIL lab manual and laboratorypractices on how polymeric materials are to be evaluated and characterization for green designby the POGIL approaches. The new approaches rely on inquiry-based, student-centeredlaboratory practices that enhance learning skills while insuring content mastery in polymerstesting for engineering design. Students can gain knowledge and skills to think more deeply andimprove their critical thinking ability in polymeric materials selection for engineering designthroughout guided-inquiry experiments. The results of the accumulative responses for theassessment and evaluation indicated that students had strong/or positive feedbacks for thePOGIL-based laboratory course and the new instructional model and re-designed curriculummodules.

Kim, S. S., & Faseyitan, S. O. (2014, June), Green Plastics Laboratory by Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20546

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