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National Dissemination Of Litee Case Studies: A Model

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

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June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

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June 23, 2010



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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15.906.1 - 15.906.15



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Ashley Clayson Laboratory for Innovative Technology and Engineering Education

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Ashley Clayson is a graduate student in Technical and Professional Communication at Auburn University. She has worked with the Laboratory for Innovative Technology and Engineering Education (LITEE) for the past year, and she is Editorial Assistant for the Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research.

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P K Raju Auburn University

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Chetan Sankar Auburn University

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National Dissemination of LITEE Case Studies: A Model


One of the primary functions of the Laboratory for Innovative Technology and Engineering Education at Auburn University is to use case study methodology to develop innovative classroom materials that will engage students intellectually and expose them to real-world problems in engineering and business. The cases are developed by undergraduate and graduate students working closely with engineering and business professors and industry professionals to gain a full understanding of the problems, options, and ultimate solutions in a given case. They are available on the internet at Case studies have proven to improve students’ higher-order cognitive skills and improve their attitude toward engineering studies.

In order to disseminate these case studies in other institutions, the directors of LITEE obtained NSF grant # 0442531. Using this grant, the directors invited professors at colleges and universities around the nation to compete for funds to use the cases in their classrooms. Twenty- six professors were chosen to incorporate the cases into their curriculums, conduct research regarding the cases’ effectiveness, and publish the findings through articles in appropriate publications. So far, the Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research has accepted seven of these papers for publication in special issues and will continue to publish special issues until each professor’s findings have been detailed.

Disseminating the case studies in this way allows several things to happen. First, the educators involved are funded to experiment with case study methodology and pedagogy in their classrooms. Thereby, they gain first-hand experience in use of innovative instructional materials. Second, writing a research article motivates them to use a research methodology in the implementation process. Thirdly, students in these institutions are provided with an opportunity to experience different methods of learning and are given the opportunity to grapple with real world problems and learn from the experience of industry professionals. This paper details this dissemination research process.

Clayson, A., & Raju, P. K., & Sankar, C. (2010, June), National Dissemination Of Litee Case Studies: A Model Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16424

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