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The Use of Poll Everywhere in Engineering Technology Classes to Stimulate Student Critical Thinking and Motivation

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Issues in Engineering Technolgy Education

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Engineering Technology

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26.1578.1 - 26.1578.12



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Otilia Popescu Old Dominion University

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Dr. Otilia Popescu received the Engineering Diploma and M.S. degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania, and the PhD degree from Rutgers University, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Her research interests are in the general areas of communication systems, control theory, and signal processing. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology, Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. In the past she has worked for the University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas at San Antonio, Rutgers University, and Politehnica University of Bucharest. She is a senior member of the IEEE, is a frequent reviewer for IEEE journals, and has served in the technical program committee for the IEEE ICC, VTC, GLOBECOM, and CAMAD conferences.

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Laura C Chezan Old Dominion University

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Dr. Laura C. Chezan is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Disorders and Special Education at Old Dominion University. She has over 12 years of experience working with children, young adults, and adults with intellectual disabilities, autism, and dual diagnosis in classroom, postsecondary, and vocational settings. Her research interests include functional communication, learning, and positive behavior support. Laura has presented at both state and national conferences, published articles and commentaries in professional journals, and served as a reviewer for several journals. She has recently received several extramural and intramural grants. Dr. Chezan is currently a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, National Association on Dual Diagnosis, Council of Exceptional Children, and Golden Key International Honor Society.

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Vukica M. Jovanovic Old Dominion University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Jovanovic is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology, Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University. Prior to joining ODU's Engineering Technology Department, Dr. Jovanovic taught at Trine University, Angola, Indiana in the Design Engineering Technology Department, and as a Lead Faculty of International Studies program for the Master of Leadership degree in the School of Professional Studies. Before Trine, she worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at Purdue University in the Mechanical Engineering Technology and Computer Graphics Technology departments. She also served as an instructor in the STEM Academic Boot Camp Diversity Program.She is teaching classes in the area of mechatronics and computer aided engineering. Her research Interests are: mechatronics, robotics, digital manufacturing, product lifecycle management, manufacturing systems, and engineering education.

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Orlando M Ayala Old Dominion University

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Dr. Ayala received his BS in Mechanical Engineering with honors (Cum Laude) from Universidad de Oriente (Venezuela) in 1995, MS in Mechanical Engineering in 2001 and PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2005, both from University of Delaware (USA). Dr. Ayala is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology Department, Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.

Prior to joining ODU in 2013, Dr. Ayala spent three years as a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Delaware where he expanded his knowledge on simulation of multiphase flows while acquiring skills in high performance parallel computing and scientific computation. Before that, Dr. Ayala hold a faculty position at Universidad de Oriente at Mechanical Engineering Department where he taught and developed graduate and undergraduate courses for a number of subjects such as Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, Multiphase Flows, Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Machinery, as well as Mechanical Engineering Laboratory courses.

In addition, Dr. Ayala has had the opportunity to work for a number of engineering consulting companies, which have given him an important perspective and exposure to industry. He has been directly involved in at least 20 different engineering projects related to a wide range of industries from petroleum and natural gas industry to brewing and newspaper industries. Dr. Ayala has provided service to professional organizations such as ASME. Since 2008 he has been a member of the Committee of Spanish Translation of ASME Codes and the ASME Subcommittee on Piping and Pipelines in Spanish. Under both memberships the following Codes have been translated: ASME B31.3, ASME B31.8S, ASME B31Q and ASME BPV Sections I.

While maintaining his industrial work active, his research activities have also been very active; Dr. Ayala has published 23 journal papers and 20 peer-reviewed conferences papers. His work has been presented in several international forums in Austria, USA, Venezuela, Japan, France, Mexico, and Argentina. Dr. Ayala has an average citation per year of all his published work of 23.78.

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The Use of Polleverywhere in Engineering Technology Classes to Student Stimulate Critical Thinking and MotivationCritical thinking is one of the most important aspects of the learning process at the college level.One aspect of critical thinking that seems to be challenging for undergraduate students enrolledin engineering technology courses is the ability to first analyze and synthesize conceptualknowledge and then apply it to practical situations. This ability is a critical component ofsuccessful completion of job responsibilities for future engineers. In this study we will examinethe effectiveness of a web-based polling system (i.e. Polleverywhere) in promoting acquisitionand generalization of new knowledge. We consider these two stages of learning to be essentialin the analysis of critical thinking, specifically to the ability of applying learned knowledge tonew or practical situations. Our study will also evaluate the effectiveness of the above-mentionedweb-based system in promoting students’ motivation. Besides traditional interaction in class(students asking questions and answering verbally to the instructor’s questions) students will beengaged in class participation through the use of Polleverywhere software. A polling systemincreases the likelihood that all students in the class will answer questions related to the topicpresented. In addition, after polling students can compare and discuss their answers across theentire group. The web-based polling system will serve both as a main educational tool and as adata collection tool to gather and analyze student engagement and progress in the class. Inaddition, we will administer a survey towards the end of the class and the data from this surveywill be used in the analysis. The evaluation in this study will be bases on a circuit course inelectrical engineering technology and a fluid mechanics course in mechanical engineeringtechnology. The study concludes with a discussion of the correlation between the student criticalthinking and motivation.

Popescu, O., & Chezan, L. C., & Jovanovic, V. M., & Ayala, O. M. (2015, June), The Use of Poll Everywhere in Engineering Technology Classes to Stimulate Student Critical Thinking and Motivation Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24915

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