June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
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Integrating a Real-Time Remote Watershed Monitoring Lab into Water Sustainability EducationThe LabVIEW Enabled Watershed Assessment System (LEWAS) research lab is an interdisciplinaryresearch group that has developed a real-time watershed monitoring lab in a local stream on a publicuniversity campus. The LEWAS components of water and weather monitoring instruments, solar powersupply, data collection hardware and data processing software are integrated to provide real-timewatershed data via an accessible platform to many types of user groups. The LEWAS lab is being usedfor watershed sustainability research and hands-on classroom education. The lab has been used in a seniorlevel undergraduate hydrology course at a public university by incorporating LEWAS-based hands-onmodules into the course curriculum. Three learning modules were developed for the course: (i) StormCharacteristics Module, (ii) Land Cover-Water Quality Correlation Module, and (iii) Watershed WikiModule. The lab has also been integrated in freshmen level courses at a community college. LEWAS-based course modules introduce students at the community college to watershed sustainability concepts, areal world application of LabVIEW and hands-on data collection and analysis projects. Student learningand motivation were documented through pre- and post-test survey instruments. Results from bothclassrooms have indicated that students benefit from LEWAS-based hands-on learning modules. Thiswork has been supported under an NSF Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) Type Igrant.
McDonald, W., & Dymond, R. L., & Lohani, V. K., & Brogan, D. S., & Clark, R. L. (2014, June), Integrating a Real-Time Remote Watershed Monitoring Lab into Water Sustainability Education Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20659
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