Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
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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