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U222B·Tools for Developing and Assessing Students’ Model of Complex Systems
Workshop · Educational Research and Methods Division
Sun. June 26, 2011 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
114/115, Vancouver International Conference Centre
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Ticketed event: $40.00
This ticketed event is $30 advance registration and $40 on-site registration. This workshop will present new formative assessment tools designed to support students’ constructions of important analysis tools used in solving engineering activities like design, troubleshooting, and decision making. Participants will learn about on-line tools to support students’ construction of diagrams (e.g. block diagrams, process diagrams, flow charts, house of quality), and the theories of learning associated with why these activities are difficult and how the construction of these diagrams supports learners’ conceptual development of understanding complex systems. Results from on-going research will be presented that illustrate how engineering students comprehend complex systems and how they construct representations that inform their reasoning. This research provides an interesting bridge between theories of learning and instructional methods. The second half of the workshop is designed to engage participants in activities and discussion to identify critical factors associated with undergraduate engineering learners’ comprehension of complex systems in various domains. Results of the workshop will be synthesized into a white paper.

  1. Dr. Sean P Brophy

    Purdue University, West Lafayette (College of Engineering)

    Purdue University

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