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Work in Progress: Providing Continuing Education for Teachers in the Dominican Republic Using Online Modules Developed through a First-Year Capstone Project

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Continuing Professional Development Division Technical Session 1

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Continuing Professional Development

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24.1392.1 - 24.1392.10



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David Reeping Ohio Northern University Orcid 16x16

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David Reeping is a sophomore majoring in engineering education with a minor in mathematics and an undergraduate research assistant. He is a Choose Ohio First scholar inducted during the 2012-2013 school year and the recipient of the Remsburg Creativity Award for 2013. He also is a member of the freshman honor society (Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma) and the mathematics honor society (Kappa Mu Epsilon). His research interests involve improving mathematical perseverance and literacy in students and exploring general topics in K-12 engineering (student perceptions of engineering).

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Kenneth Reid Ohio Northern University

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Ken Reid is the Director of Engineering Education, Director of First-Year Engineering and Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ohio Northern University. He was the seventh person in the U.S. to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University. He is active in engineering within K-12, serving on the TSA Boards of Directors and over 10 years on the IEEE-USA Precollege Education Committee. He was awarded with an IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award in 2013 and named the Herbert F. Alter Chair of Engineering in 2010. His research interests include success in first-year engineering, introducing entrepreneurship into engineering, international service and engineering in K-12.

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John K. Estell Ohio Northern University

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John K. Estell is a professor of computer engineering and computer science at Ohio Northern University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and his B.S. in computer science and engineering from The University of Toledo. His areas of research include simplifying the outcomes-assessment process, first-year engineering instruction, and the pedagogical aspects of writing computer games. John currently serves as chair of the Computers in Education Division and was one of the principal authors of the Best Paper Rubric used for determining the Best Overall Conference Paper and Best Professional Interest Council (PIC) Papers for the ASEE Annual Conference. He is a past recipient of Best Paper awards from the Computers in Education, First-Year Programs, and Design in Engineering Education divisions. Dr. Estell is an ABET commissioner, vice president of the Pledge of the Computing Professional, a senior member of IEEE, and a member of ACM, ASEE, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, Phi Kappa Phi, and Upsilon Pi Epsilon.

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Providing Continuing Education Through the Use of Online Modules in a Dominican Republic ClassroomA group of students from has traveled to the Dominican Republic for the past twoyears and ran engineering workshops in the schools, public and private. The first trip includedrunning workshops in three different private schools, while the second was held at one publicschool. These workshops included design challenges often found in a first year engineeringcourse, discussions on learning styles, and methods of integrating an engineering mindset intothe Dominican curriculum. Considering students must pay their way and devote a week of thesummer to travel, the operating cost of the yearly trip is too high for only generating teacherinterest in engineering and hoping the enthusiasm lasts until the next visit. With these eagerteachers being an ocean away, the current model of running a three day workshop is notsustainable.Technological resources at one school in particular, Liceo Pedro Henriquez Urena, could beharnessed to enable the Dominican teachers in the school to receive continuing educationthrough the year while catering to the outcomes of the workshop. Through the joint effort of aone credit elective class that creates international STEM lesson plans and a second semesterprogramming class, online modules can be developed to be cost-effective, interactive, andeducational for both the developers and audience. The proposed methodology will involvemodifying a Programming 2 assignment (where a team of students develop an educational game)to become a freshmen capstone project which primarily incorporates the lesson plans designedby the elective course.This paper will present the proposed content of the online modules, how these lessons will bedeveloped, and the possibilities of expanding the scope to include other eligible schools in theDominican Republic.

Reeping, D., & Reid, K., & Estell, J. K. (2014, June), Work in Progress: Providing Continuing Education for Teachers in the Dominican Republic Using Online Modules Developed through a First-Year Capstone Project Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23325

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