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Work-in-Progress: Linking a Geographically Distributed REU Program with Networking and Collaboration Tools

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



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Computers in Education Division Poster Session

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Computers in Education

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25.1493.1 - 25.1493.16



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Thalia Anagnos San Jose State University

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Thalia Anagnos is a professor of general engineering at San Jose State University and a Co-leader of education, outreach, and training for the George E. Brown, Jr., Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation.

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Alicia L. Lyman-Holt Oregon State University


Sean P. Brophy Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Sean P. Brophy is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering Education and the Co-leader of the education, outreach, and training theme for the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES). He has been working with advanced learning technology to support learning. His recent work involves using virtual worlds and other tools to support team based design strategies.

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WIP: Linking a Geographically Distributed REU Program with Networking and Collaboration ToolsThe George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation coordinates ageographically distributed REU program with up to 30 students at 5 to 7 research sites eachsummer. Creating a sense of cohort and providing opportunities for the students to interact ischallenging. The program coordinators have leveraged the NEEShub cyberinfrastructure toengage students in professional development and peer-to-peer interaction. Someexperimentation with Facebook to sustain engagement with alumni is underway.Resources include a course management system (Moodle embedded in NEEShub) and a virtualworld called QuakeQuest. Through the course management system students post a variety ofproject deliverables and comment on each other’s work. The virtual world is being used to hosta virtual poster session during which students can comment on draft posters and presentationsbefore the cohort meets in person at the Young Researchers Symposium at the end of theprogram.QuakeQuest was developed and beta tested in year 1 of the NEES REU, and in year 2 a morefunctional world was presented to students. Through experience (evaluation) with the virtualworld we have learned that students need time to experience the world before using it to presentposters. In year 3 will develop a short series of learning activities to foster cohort between thestudents and provide some interaction with capabilities of QuakeQuest before using it in a virtualposter session.

Anagnos, T., & Lyman-Holt, A. L., & Brophy, S. P. (2012, June), Work-in-Progress: Linking a Geographically Distributed REU Program with Networking and Collaboration Tools Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22250

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