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Opportunities from Disruption - How lifelong learning helped create more connected classrooms

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2022 CoNECD (Collaborative Network for Engineering & Computing Diversity)


New Orleans, Louisiana

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February 20, 2022

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February 20, 2022

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July 20, 2022

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Technical Session 5 - Paper 2: Opportunities from Disruption - How lifelong learning helped create more connected classrooms

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Diversity and CoNECD Paper Sessions

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Krishna Pakala Boise State University

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Krishna Pakala, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Boise State University (Boise, Idaho) where he has been since 2012. He is the Faculty in Residence for the Engineering and Innovation Living Learning Community. He is the Director for the Industrial Assessment Center at Boise State University. He served as the inaugural Faculty Associate for Mobile Learning and as the Faculty Associate for Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning. He has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wyoming (Laramie, Wyoming). He has approximately 25 publications/presentations. He is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He is the recipient of David S. Taylor Service to Students Award and Golden Apple Award from Boise State University. He is also the recipient of ASEE Pacific Northwest Section (PNW) Outstanding Teaching Award, ASEE Mechanical Engineering division’s Outstanding New Educator Award and several course design awards. He serves as the campus representative (ASEE) for Boise State University and as the Chair-Elect for the ASEE PNW Section. His academic research interests include innovative teaching and learning strategies, use of emerging technologies, and mobile teaching and learning strategies.

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Sreyoshi Bhaduri Society of Women Engineers

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Dr. Sreyoshi Bhaduri is an Engineering Educator and Research Scientist. She currently serves as a Senator at the Society of Women Engineers - a global not-for-profit organization with over 40,000 global members and the world's largest advocate for women in engineering and technology. Dr. Bhaduri has an interdisciplinary expertise with a Ph.D. in Engineering Education and Masters degrees in Statistics and Mechanical Engineering, from Virginia Tech. Her research interests include: future of work, women in technology, assessing the impact and effectiveness of inclusion and diversity initiatives as well as employing innovative, ethical and inclusive mixed-methods research approaches to uncovering insights about the 21st century workforce.

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The coronavirus pandemic has led to instructors worldwide seeking ways to engage students better through virtual platforms. As the world interacts online, more than ever before, this paper reflects on an educator’s experience with the virtual teaching and learning spaces pre and during the ongoing pandemic. Autoethnography is a research methodology that analyzes a phenomenon through the use of self-narratives, which would otherwise remain private or buried. This paper uses an autoethnographic approach to describe first-hand. the experiences and learnings of an educator at a Western US Public University. This paper describes how first as an international student, a first generation PhD, and then as a professor facing immigration related challenges, the author has had to pivot to online teaching multiple times before. Such virtual interactions with students was atypical at that time. However, lessons learned from those online interactions helped the educator better prepare and pivot to online during the pandemic. These reflections offer insight not only into personal growth strategies for educators, but also shed light onto the troubles and triumphs that international and immigrant teaching professionals bring to the higher education landscape. It is hoped that the paper is useful for administrators as they think about supporting atypical cases to strengthen their infrastructure, since innovation happens most among those pushing boundaries whilst facing challenges.

Pakala, K., & Bhaduri, S. (2022, February), Opportunities from Disruption - How lifelong learning helped create more connected classrooms Paper presented at 2022 CoNECD (Collaborative Network for Engineering & Computing Diversity) , New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/1-2--39133

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