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Work in Progress: An Online Journal Tool with Feedback for a Learning Assistant Program in Engineering

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Computers in Education Division Technical Session 11

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Milo Koretsky Oregon State University

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Milo Koretsky is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Oregon State University. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from UC San Diego and his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, all in Chemical Engineering. He currently has research activity in areas related engineering education and is interested in integrating technology into effective educational practices and in promoting the use of higher-level cognitive skills in engineering problem solving. His research interests particularly focus on what prevents students from being able to integrate and extend the knowledge developed in specific courses in the core curriculum to the more complex, authentic problems and projects they face as professionals. Dr. Koretsky is one of the founding members of the Center for Lifelong STEM Education Research at OSU.

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This work-in-progress paper presents the development and pilot implementation of a computer-based reflection tool used in a Learning Assistant (LA) Program in engineering at a large public state university. LAs are undergraduate students who return to a course that they have already completed to help instructors deliver research-based instructional practices. The LA Program at Oregon State University began in 2014 in one department as an effort to provide support for the implementation of active learning in large enrollment Biology courses. Since its start, the program has spread to include courses in five out of seven departments in the College of Science and four out of six departments in the College of Engineering. We identified logistical barriers specific to engineering curriculum and adapted the LA Program developed in the College of Science. We describe here a tool developed to facilitate reflection and instructor feedback of those reflections in one of the engineering units that use LAs.

Koretsky, M. (2020, June), Work in Progress: An Online Journal Tool with Feedback for a Learning Assistant Program in Engineering Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35610

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