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Technology-Enabled Nurturing of Creativity and Innovation: A Specific Illustration from an Undergraduate Engineering Physics Course

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Innovations in Teaching and Research in Physics or Engineering Physics I

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Engineering Physics & Physics

Page Count

14

Page Numbers

23.1161.1 - 23.1161.14

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https://peer.asee.org/22546

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22

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Frank V. Kowalski Colorado School of Mines

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Prof. Frank Kowalski has been teaching physics at Colorado School of Mines since 1980.

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Susan E. Kowalski Colorado School of Mines

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Patrick B. Kohl Department of Physics, Colorado School of Mines

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Hsia-Po Vincent Kuo Colorado School of Mines

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Abstract

Technology-Enabled Nurturing of Creativity and Innovation: A Specific Illustration from an Undergraduate Engineering Physics CourseThere is general agreement that creativity and innovation are desirable traits in thetoolbox of 21st Century engineers, as well as in the future workforce in general.However, there is a dearth of exemplars, pedagogical models, or best practices to beimplemented in undergraduate engineering education to develop and nurture thosetalents.In this paper, we use a specific example of a classroom activity from a course designed tohelp bridge the transition from learning the fundamental principles of engineering physicsin introductory courses to being able to creatively and innovatively apply them in moreadvanced (and less academic) settings, such as senior capstone projects and on-the-jobchallenges in the future workplace. Application of techniques for generating andevaluating ideas are described.To facilitate real-time electronic brainstorming in the classroom, we use InkSurvey withpen-enabled mobile computing devices (iPads, tablet PCs, Android devices, etc.). Thisfree, web-based software was developed for collecting real-time formative assessment oflearning, but using it in this setting effectively mitigates many of the social issues thattypically plague brainstorming in a group setting. The focus, instead, is on encouragingfluency, originality, and honing positive critical thinking skills. We include an evaluationmetric that reflects this.Description of a specific case from an undergraduate engineering physics course isdesigned to illustrate how the extensive work done in this arena in psychology,marketing, and business environments can be applied to STEM education. Actual studentresults are presented to illustrate trends, improvements, and challenges that otherinstructors might anticipate when using similar learning activities.

Kowalski, F. V., & Kowalski, S. E., & Kohl, P. B., & Kuo, H. V. (2013, June), Technology-Enabled Nurturing of Creativity and Innovation: A Specific Illustration from an Undergraduate Engineering Physics Course Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22546

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