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Use of ePortfolio as Integrated Learning Strategy in Computer Integrated Manufacturing Online Course

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Distance Learning in ET Programs

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Engineering Technology

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Vukica M. Jovanovic Old Dominion University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Jovanovic received her and M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from University of Novi Sad, Serbia. She received a PhD in Technology at Purdue University, while working as a PhD student in Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Product Lifecycle Management Center of Excellence. Dr. Jovanovic is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology, Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology at ODU. She is teaching classes in the area of mechatronics and computer aided engineering. Her research Interests are: mechatronics,digital manufacturing, product lifecycle management, manufacturing systems, and engineering education.

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Megan Mize Old Dominion University

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Megan Mize is currently a Doctoral Candidate in English Studies at Old Dominion University, pursuing the Literary/Cultural Studies and Rhetoric concentrations. Her dissertation, Constructing an Early Modern Queen: Gender, Authority, and the Rhetoric of Identity, explores the intersection of the history of female educational models and mimicry as a rhetorical strategy for Elizabeth I.
As a Special Projects Graduate Research Assistant, she has served on the Quality Enhancement Planning (QEP) Board and University ePortfolio Committee (2011-13), worked as a facilitator for pedagogical workshops, and designed, implemented and assessed several pilot studies connected to the evolving ePortfolio initiative within the English Department. In 2014, she served as the ePortfolio Learning Coordinator for the Honors College. Currently, she works as the ePortfolio Training and Support Coordinator for Academic Enhancement, focusing on faculty professional development in regards to critically incorporating digital tools into course and curricular design.

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Rochelle Rodrigo University of Arizona

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Rochelle (Shelley) Rodrigo is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Arizona. She researches how “newer” technologies better facilitate communicative interactions, specifically teaching and learning as well as co-authoring three editions of The Wadsworth Guide to Research, Shelley also co-edited Rhetorically Rethinking Usability (Hampton Press). Her scholarly work has appeared in Computers and Composition, C&C Online, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy, Enculturation¸ as well as various edited collections. In 2014 she was awarded Old Dominion University’s annual Teaching with Technology Award, in 2012 the Digital Humanities High Powered Computing Fellowship, and in 2004 the American Association for Higher Education's Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award.

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Alok K. Verma P.E. Old Dominion University

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Dr. Alok K. Verma is Ray Ferrari Professor and, Chair of the Engineering Technology Department at Old Dominion University. He also serves as the chief editor of the International Journal of Agile Manufacturing (IJAM). Alok received his B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, MS in Engineering Mechanics and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from ODU. Prof. Verma is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Virginia, a certified manufacturing engineer and has certifications in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. He has organized several international conferences as General Chair, including ICAM-2006 and ICAM-1999 and also serves as associate editor for three International Journals. His scholarly publications include 35 journal papers and 55 papers in conference proceedings. Dr. Verma has developed and delivered training program in Lean Enterprise & Design for Manufacturing for Northrop Grumman Newport News, STIHL and several other companies in U.S. He has developed simulation based training programs for shipbuilding and repair industry under two grants from the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP). He is well known internationally and has been invited to deliver keynote addresses at several national and international conferences on Lean/Agile manufacturing. Dr. Verma has received the Regional Alumni Award for Excellence for contribution to Lean Manufacturing research, the International Education Award at ODU and Ben Sparks Medal by ASME. He is active in ASME, ASEE, SME and SNAME. Dr. Verma continues to serve the Hampton Roads community in various leadership positions.

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Integrated learning is a vital strategy for engaging undergraduate Engineering students in the higher levels of learning, as it encourages students to reflect on their learning processes and draw connections between course-work and “real-world” experiences. Specifically, ePortfolios encourage novice engineers to consider their learning processes over time, drawing connections between coursework and their intended profession, as well as cultivating an online identity that supports their efforts to pursue a career in Engineering. The use of ePortfolios is one method for fostering integrative learning, focusing on the application of digital communication and assessment and awareness of self- competence. By training students to archive digital artifacts related to their learning, ePortfolios encourage student to draw connections between course content and their future careers. Digital portfolios also provide students with the opportunity to develop an online presence, demonstrating through multi-modal content the skills they gained through their education. At the same time, students develop basic digital literacies, from creating and curating digital artifacts throughout the learning process, managing their data, to displaying knowledge and skills which are important for their future engineering careers. This paper examines the efforts of students at a mid-sized public institution (blind review) who created ePortfolios in a variety of contexts, as a part of a course which was specifically developed as part of a university-wide ePortfolio initiative. In May 2015, faculty attended a professional development workshop, “eP3: Praxis, Process, and Production,” in order to learn about basic ePortfolio strategies and ways in which to foster students’ archival habits. The project presented in this paper was established in the summer 2015 semester in the undergraduate course “Computer Integrated Manufacturing” at the senior level.

Jovanovic, V. M., & Mize, M., & Rodrigo, R., & Verma, A. K. (2016, June), Use of ePortfolio as Integrated Learning Strategy in Computer Integrated Manufacturing Online Course Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27116

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