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Instructors’ Experiences With the Miscibility of Math and Communication in a Probability and Statistics Course

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Engineering Communication II: Curricular Practices, Integrations, and Collaborations

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Liberal Education/Engineering & Society

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Sheila Anne Gobes-Ryan University of South Florida

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Sheila Gobes-Ryan is a Communication Instructor in the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida. She received her PhD in Communication and an interdisciplinary MLA degree from the University of South Florida. She has a Bachelor of Environmental Design, architectural focus, from North Carolina State University. She was a workplace strategic planner involved in large scale corporate and government projects for STUDIOS Architecture, CLW (now Cassidy Turley), and Jacobs Advanced Planning Group, which seeded her interest in understanding the relationship of workers, workplaces and technology. She has held a variety of positions in engineering, architecture, interior design, and construction firms, which drives her interest in teaching essential communication skills to students in those fields. Gobes-Ryan is on the Board of Directors of The Environmental Design Research Association. In this organization she has also served as Co-Chair of the Workplace Environments Network (WEN) since 2000 and Co-Chair of the Communication Network since 2016. She is a member of the National Communication Association. Gobes-Ryan is a Florida Licensed Interior Designer (ID #0002684).

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Kingsley A. Reeves Jr. University of South Florida

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Kingsley Reeves is an associate professor at the University of South Florida in the Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Department. His current research interests focus on applications of lean six sigma in SMEs and decision-making processes as well as applications of traditional industrial engineering methods to problems affecting the education system. He also conducts extensive research in the area of engineering education and has secured funding in excess of one million dollars from agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has over ten years of work experience including three years as a management consultant within the Automotive Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Prior to his consulting work, Kingsley worked six years as an engineer at Ford Motor Company.

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The University of South Florida’s College of Engineering made a commitment two years ago to bring on communication faculty to teach communication in tandem with College of Engineering faculty within two college-wide courses, one of which is probability and statistics. During this time, faculty co-teaching the course have significantly modified both how we envision communication’s role within the course and how we implement teaching with and about communication within the course. We started at a place of separate and respectful—both as instructors and in terms of our respective disciplines—and are progressing to a point of integrating math and communication to facilitate students’ conceptual understanding of probability and statistics while they also learn the math procedures and communication skills essential to the application of probability and statistics professionally. This presentation shares our story of the experiences, conversations, and teaching pedagogies that are leading us toward a class where communication and math are miscible in the learning experience.

Gobes-Ryan, S. A., & Reeves, K. A. (2021, July), Instructors’ Experiences With the Miscibility of Math and Communication in a Probability and Statistics Course Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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