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It’s About Time: An Analysis of Student Activities Under Remote Learning

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

Publication Date

July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

Conference Session

Studies of Shifting In-person Courses to Online and Students' Online Behavior

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Educational Research and Methods

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22

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https://peer.asee.org/37412

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Bradley J. Sottile Pennsylvania State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-8391-2974

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Brad Sottile is Lecturer in Computer Science and Engineering, and Aerospace Engineering in The Pennsylvania State University's College of Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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Laura E. Cruz Pennsylvania State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-5817-8934

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Laura Cruz (Ph.D, UC Berkeley 2001) is an Associate Research Professor for Teaching & Learning Scholarship with the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence at Penn State. She previously served as the director of two Centers for Teaching and Learning; as editor-in-chief of three teaching-related journals, as elected member of the national board for faculty developers in the United States, and as principle investigator for four externally funded grants. Her publications and invited presentations include work in her first discipline (history) as well as the areas of instructional design, educational development, organizational change, and educational innovation. Her most recent co-authored book, Taking Flight: Making your Center for Teaching and Learning Soar was just published by Stylus Press.

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Yi-An Lo Burleson Pennsylvania State University

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Yi-An Burleson (Ph.D. in counseling psychology, West Virginia University, 2013) is an Assistant Professor of psychology at Pennsylvania State University, Beaver, She has previously served as an assistant professor and program director, or psychologist and international student services and career coordinator at universities. She has had presentations in teaching and learning, prevention, and multicultural counseling and teaching. Clinically, she has provided individual, group, career, and couples therapy to clients age ranging from 3 to 74 at counseling centers, community mental health agencies, and group and private practices.

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Kris McLain Pennsylvania State University

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Kris McLain is a dual-title PhD candidate in Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research lies at the intersections of feminist philosophy, trans and queer theory, and ancient philosophy. Her dissertation explores the metaphor of gestation for collective practices of knowledge creation.

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Abstract

Numerous surveys, both internal and external, have indicated that many students are struggling with time management under COVID-19 conditions, and that their normal pattern of activities, such as sleep, exercise, and studying, have been disrupted. Even prior to the pandemic, each of these factors (e.g. sleep, exercise, and studying) have been identified as critical for student success, yet, to date, there are no studies that address the shifts in student time allocation that may have taken place under the current, unprecedented conditions of remote learning.

For this IRB-approved study, we collected evidence of how students are allocating their time (e.g. what activities and for what duration), using online time diaries completed by students enrolled in several online (synchronous and asynchronous) undergraduate engineering courses. The present study builds on previous studies that analyzed the nexus between student activity patterns (e.g. sleep, studying, exercise, eating) and learning to ascertain changes in these patterns that have occurred under the new pedagogical (and broader global) conditions. Our findings are intended to inform human-centered course design, to optimize student well-being, and – by extension, learning – under the conditions of remote/multi-modal learning and beyond.

Sottile, B. J., & Cruz, L. E., & Burleson, Y. L., & McLain, K. (2021, July), It’s About Time: An Analysis of Student Activities Under Remote Learning Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37412

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