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Multi-Disciplinary Project-Based Paradigm that Uses Hands-on Desktop Learning Modules and Modern Learning Pedagogies

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011

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2153-5965

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees

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14

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22.1088.1 - 22.1088.14

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https://peer.asee.org/18979

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William David Schlecht Washington State University

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William Schlecht is an undergraduate student at Washington State University studying chemical engineering. He got involved with the DLM project at the beginning of his junior year and has been working under the guidance of Bernie Van Wie for a year and a half. William intends to earn a Ph.D. with and work in the biotechnology industry.

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Bernard J. Van Wie Washington State University

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Prof. Bernard J. Van Wie did his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. and postdoctoral work at the University of Oklahoma where he also taught as a Visiting Lecturer. He has been on the Washington State University faculty for 28 years and over the past 14 years has focused strongly on innovative pedagogy along with his technical research in biotechnology. His recent Fulbright Exchange to Nigeria set the stage for receipt of the Marian Smith Award given annually to the most innovative teacher at WSU. (509) 335-4103 (Off); (509) 335-4806 (Fax); bvanwie@che.wsu.edu.

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Paul B. Golter Washington State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-8959-6899

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Paul B. Golter obtained an MS from Washington State University and recently defended his Ph.D. degree and is currently the Laboratory Supervisor in the Voiland School of School of Chemical Engineering and Bio-engineering at WSU. He is married with three children. Phone: 509-338-5724.

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Robert F. Richards Washington State University

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Dr. Richards is a Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University.

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Jennifer C. Adam Washington State University

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Ashley Ater Kranov Washington State University

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Dr. Ater Kranov is Director of Educational Innovation and Assessment for the College of Engineering and Architecture at Washington State University, USA. She is affiliated assistant professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science where she co-teaches the 2-semester senior design capstone sequence.

The paper describing her collaborative work with faculty in the WSU College of Engineering and Architecture, "A Direct Method for Teaching and Assessing the ABET Professional Skills in Engineering Programs", won the 2008 ASEE Best Conference Paper Award. She has served as evaluator on a number of multi-institutional, interdisciplinary NSF sponsored grants. She is principal investigator on a NSF Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering project called “A Direct Method for Teaching and Measuring Engineering Professional Skills: A Validity Study.”

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Marc Compere Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach

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Edwin Maurer P.E. Santa Clara University

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Denny C. Davis Washington State University

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Dr. Davis is Professor of Bioengineering and Director of the Engineering Education Research Center at Washington State University. He is a leader in creation of assessments for teamwork, professional development, and design skills learned in the context of team projects. He is also a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education.

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Olusola O. Adesope Washington State University, Pullman

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Olusola O. Adesope is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at Washington State University, Pullman. His research interests center on the cognitive and pedagogical underpinnings of learning with computer-based multimedia resources; knowledge representation through interactive concept maps; meta-analysis of empirical research, and investigation of pedagogical practices for developing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

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Joseph D. Law University of Idaho, Moscow

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Joseph D. Law obtained his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1991 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Idaho. His research interests include methods to improve student learning, flywheel energy storage, and electrical disturbances in power systems.

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Gary Robert Brown AAC&U

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Prashanta Dutta Washington State University

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Dr. Prashanta Dutta is an Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering of Washington State University. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX in 2001.

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David B. Thiessen Washington State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-4283-5914

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David B.Thiessen received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado in
1992 and has been at Washington State University since 1994. His research interests include fluid
physics, acoustics, and engineering education.

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Baba Abdul Washington State University

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Baba Abdul received an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria in 2005. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at Washington State University. His research interests include transport processes in minimal support helicosymmetric minichannels and aspects of engineering education (New Engineering Learning Systems & Bringing Technical Research into the classroom).

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Abstract

Multi-Disciplinary Project-Based Paradigm that Uses Hands-on Desktop Learning Modules and Modern Learning PedagogiesIn this CCLI Type II Program we are promoting adoption of research-based teaching pedagogiesof collaborative, hands-on, active, and problem- or project-based learning (CHAPL). It has beenestablished that traditional lectures ARE NOT best for student learning – yet that is what thecommunity almost universally does! Furthermore, engineers work in broad multidisciplinaryteams while classroom learning is individual and narrow. Yet, educators rarely invest the timeand resources necessary to employ such innovations.We are further refining Desktop Learning Modules (DLMs) within a CHAPL setting forChemical, Civil, Mechanical, Bio- and Electrical Engineering courses at a diverse set ofinstitutions, including a community college engaged through a distance learning mode. Aworkbook is being developed and tested for easier adoption of the hands-on units andaccompanying pedagogy. Both quantitative and qualitative assessments are showing positiveimpacts. Concept inventories are showing students learn key concepts at least as well from eachother in a guided inquiry as they do from lecture. Critical reasoning assessments reveal studentsbecome better aligned with what is expected of graduating engineers ready for industry and thatthe CHAPL/DLM environment serves to reinforce understanding of emergent phenomena, and todevelop analytical, evaluative and problem-solving skills. Interviews, surveys and team reportsreveal students are better able to visualize concepts and that classroom exercises are promotingteam skills and academic rigor. Faculty interviews reveal enhanced awareness of studentmisconceptions and improved monitoring of student growth in conceptual understanding andinterpersonal skills.The poster and paper will highlight our findings and illustrate the CHAPL environment. Hands-on DLMs with cartridges used in teaching principles in the various disciplines will bedemonstrated. A survey will be offered to those viewing the poster to assess potential interest inadoption of the DLMs and in participating in an NSF Type III proposal for TransformingUndergraduate Engineering Education through use of the DLMs and associated CHAPLpedagogies.

Schlecht, W. D., & Van Wie, B. J., & Golter, P. B., & Richards, R. F., & Adam, J. C., & Ater Kranov, A., & Compere, M., & Maurer, E., & Davis, D. C., & Adesope, O. O., & Law, J. D., & Brown, G. R., & Dutta, P., & Thiessen, D. B., & Abdul, B. (2011, June), Multi-Disciplinary Project-Based Paradigm that Uses Hands-on Desktop Learning Modules and Modern Learning Pedagogies Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18979

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