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m-POGIL (modified-Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) based Plastics Laboratory

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Materials Division Technical Session 2

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Spencer Seung-hyun Kim Rochester Institute of Technology (CAST)

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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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Active learning methods have been driving significant changes in higher education. As the evidence-based research in education has grown on the effectiveness and potential of active learning based curricula, an increasing number of colleges and institutions have adopted inquiry-based learning approaches as a means to enhance and transform the teaching and learning experiences for instructors and students. Many studies found that the guided-inquiry-learning-based instructional curricula resulted in significant learning gains in comparison to traditional instruction, and that most disadvantaged students benefited from the inquiry-based instructional approaches in STEM. Among the guided-inquiry-based learning methods, Process-Oriented-Inquiry Learning (POGIL) is a proven-pedagogical approach based upon the learning cycle model. In POGIL, the classroom or laboratory activities are driven by learner-centered and process-based strategies emphasizing team-learning environment. The primary goal of the study is to develop and enhance plastics laboratory practices for low-level undergraduate students in order to increase student engagements in active-learning process by the modification and optimization of POGIL strategies-we call it “modified Process-Oriented-Guided-Inquiry-Learning (m-POGIL).” The m-POGIL approach differs from POGIL; the m-POGIL incorporates with best practices in POGIL to produce the optimal learning experiences, but the lab-contents and experiments in the m-POGIL-based course are designed to focus on the ABET criteria in engineering technology. Therefore, the study describes the impact of m-POGIL-based instructional modules and laboratory activities on the context of active learning for the materials curriculum in engineering technology; how students are engaged in learning; how students retain knowledge and develop skills in plastics testing principles. The assessment and evaluation of the m-POGIL approach are conducted using formative and summative methods to continue to improve student learning in materials education.

Kim, S. S. (2018, June), m-POGIL (modified-Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) based Plastics Laboratory Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30779

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