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Happy Hours are a Godsend

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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October 19, 2019

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Mechanical Engineering Division Technical Session 8

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Mechanical Engineering

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Krishna Pakala Boise State University

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Krishna Pakala, Ph.D., is an Clinical Associate Professor at Boise State University, Idaho. His academic research interests include innovative teaching and learning strategies, use of emerging technologies, and mobile teaching and learning strategies.

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Diana Bairaktarova Virginia Tech

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Dr. Diana Bairaktarova is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. Through real-world engineering applications, Dr. Bairaktarova’s experiential learning research spans from engineering to psychology to learning sciences, as she uncovers how individual performance is influenced by aptitudes, spatial skills, personal interests and direct manipulation of mechanical objects.

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Samantha Schauer Boise State University

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Samantha Schauer is a student at Boise State University, graduating in May 2020 with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Applied Mathematics. Samantha works as an Undergraduate Research Assistant under Dr. Krishna Pakala. She is also actively involved in the Honors College, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

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Office hours that happen in a virtual environment are called virtual office hours. This type of student-faculty interaction can be easily hosted from a faculty computer/mobile device/tablet. With an invitation, students can login to the online session and join their instructor and peers in a virtual space. Using mobile technologies, students can join virtual office hours from a variety of locations including, the library, outdoors, on the commute ride home, while caring for children, eating dinner, and even while grocery shopping. Virtual office hours allow for more flexibility of student-faculty interaction. They are an alternative to traditional office hours. This type of student-faculty interaction helps increase students’ trust in their teacher’s care of their learning. This paper describes the design and implementation of virtual office hours for courses in the thermal-fluid sciences (Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer). It also reports on students’ learning experiences.

Pakala, K., & Bairaktarova, D., & Schauer, S. (2019, June), Happy Hours are a Godsend Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32885

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