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Re-designing a Large Enrollment Online Course Using a Learner-Centered Approach

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Tools and Strategies for Teaching Online Courses

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New Engineering Educators

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John Alexander Mendoza-Garcia University of Florida Orcid 16x16

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John Mendoza Garcia is an Instructional Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Education in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at the University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Purdue University, and his Master's and a Bachelor's in Systems and Computing Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes, in Colombia, and Universidad Nacional de Colombia respectively. He teaches professional skills like systems thinking, design thinking, problem-solving and algorithmic thinking. Dr. Mendoza-Garcia's research interests include investigating how to nurture in students these skills. He also worked in Industry before transitioning to academia.

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We, instructors, are working on creating active learning environments that can engage students and make them responsible for their learning. Therefore, we always look for learning experiences to have them involved in active learning. Unfortunately, sometimes such strategies fail due to our failure in designing them considering the number of students, their various possible interests, their background, and interest. Additionally, we may also fail when the learning environment has a design that does not facilitate students' engagement and success. Succeeding in developing such learning experiences is challenging in a face-to-face setting, but for online environments with a high number of students, the success is tied to the design of the web environment, and the support of a course that is developed using a learner-centered approach in which they become the center of the instruction. In this regard, it is relevant to start from the re-definition of the Course Goals, develop different kinds of assessment strategies, and the design of delivery that is suitable for online environments. In this paper, we are sharing our experience of re-designing the online course in problem-solving, the active learning strategies for this large-enrollment course that has made it possible to engage students in the course across the semester. Additionally, we are sharing the teaching strategies that have been key to the course success. As evidence of the change in students' perception and acceptance of the course and teaching strategies, we will also share quantitative results from the teaching evaluations, and students' comments before and after the course re-design.

Mendoza-Garcia, J. A. (2021, July), Re-designing a Large Enrollment Online Course Using a Learner-Centered Approach Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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