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Maximizing the Effectiveness of One-time Standards Instruction Sessions with Formative Assessment

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Beneficial Partnerships: Enhancing Library Programming with Strategic Collaborations

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Engineering Libraries

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Daniela Solomon Case Western Reserve University Orcid 16x16

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Daniela Solomon is Research Services Librarian for Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University. She is interested in bibliometrics, altmetrics, data management, and library instruction.

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Ya-Ting T. Liao Case Western Reserve University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Ya-Ting T. Liao, an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University, leads the Computation Fire Dynamics Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering since 2015. Dr. Liao’s research projects range from basic fire science (material flammability, solid pyrolysis, ignition, microgravity combustion, flame spread, etc.) to understanding fire behavior in specific situations (such as structures, spacecraft, or wildland fires). Her work has been supported by NSF, NASA, CASIS, and UL. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors in the Central State Section of the Combustion Institute.

From 2013-2014, Dr. Liao worked on thermal fluids and two-phase flow problems in the petroleum industry as a consultant and as a thermo-fluids specialist at FMC Technologies. In 2011-2012, Dr. Liao worked at Bloomberg LP as a software developer.

Dr. Liao obtained her PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2011. She double-majored in Mechanical Engineering and Physics in National Taiwan University in 2004.

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J. Thomas Chapin Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

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Dr. J. Thomas Chapin is Vice President Research at Underwriters Laboratories. Tom is a UL William Henry Merrill Society Corporate Fellow and Chairman of the UL Fire Council. Tom currently focuses on emerging technologies, hazards and failure analysis and risk assessments. Previously, he managed UL’s Corporate Research organization in support of the development or revision of UL standards and improving testing, certification and surveillance services.

As a trained materials scientist, Tom’s career has been dedicated to the study of polymer synthesis and characterization methods, material processing, polymeric degradation, aging and fire behavior. Tom joined UL in 2001 after a 21-year career at AT&T Bell Laboratories and 3 years at The Upjohn Co., developing new materials from polymeric isocyanates He has 17 patents in the telecommunications industry and novel materials. Tom has made over 300 technical presentations and 150 publications in chemistry, materials and polymer science. He received his BS in Chemistry with Honors in 1974 from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science in 1977 from the Institute of Materials Science at the University of Connecticut.

Tom was the past international chairman of the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) Technical Committee, TC 113 on Nanotechnology Standardization for Electrical and Electronic Components and Subsystems.

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There are multiple obstacles associated with integrating standards education into the college curriculum, including the limited experience faculty may have with standards, and the difficulty to fit such training into an already-packed engineering course schedule. Facing these challenges, a faculty member, an engineering librarian, and a professional from a leading standard developing organization worked together to create a customizable course module that can be easily fit into existing engineering courses. The module includes an instruction session, a case study relevant to the topic of the course, assignments, and guest speakers (through videos and/or campus visit). The one-time instruction session employs formative assessment activities to identify and correct misconceptions and to build knowledge on standards applications. Formative assessment has been identified as an excellent tool for facilitating understanding and maximizing the effectiveness of a one-shot instruction session. The first iteration of this module has been delivered twice, first in a small class (10 students) and then in a large class (95 students) in two consecutive semesters. The effectiveness of the first session was evaluated by conducting pre- and post-tests and by collecting students’ feedback. Based on the results, changes were implemented for the second session. This paper presents the evolution of the project and the challenges encountered.

Solomon, D., & Liao, Y. T., & Chapin, J. T. (2019, June), Maximizing the Effectiveness of One-time Standards Instruction Sessions with Formative Assessment Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33087

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