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Studies indicate that widespread mobile device ownership does not directly correspond to the proficient use of mobile technology for learning. How can faculty be better prepared to meet this challenge? Participants in this workshop will engage in active learning to analyze a variety of different teaching techniques, identify best practices for meeting learners’ needs, and design a plan for mobile learning integration in their courses. Evaluating and integrating current technology into the curriculum is essential to meeting 21st century educational expectations and workplace demands. To maximize student success, over the past several years we explored how to use progressive learning theories, coupled with innovative mobile technologies. We employed new and innovative ways to use mobile technology (predominantly Apple iPads), to foster and assess student learning. In this workshop, we will provide a few examples of how mobile technology can improve students’s self-efficacy and their perceptions and attitudes about engineering. Some of the examples will include digital content created by students, interactive note taking, virtual office hours and more. Mobile Learning technologies have been providing a platform for active learning, collaboration, deep learning, and innovation in certain disciplines of higher education for quite some time now. By utilizing mobile technology we aim at impacting students learning through taking student-centered approach.
Technology & Workshop Plan
Technology: Smartphones and Tablets
In this workshop participants will:
1. Pair and discuss the current state of mobile device integration at their individual institutions
2. Experience teaching and learning implementations with mobile technology
3. Work in small groups on case studies
Dr. Krishna Pakala is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Department at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. He teaches courses in the thermal and fluid science discipline including a first-year course. He is the Faculty in Residence for the Engineering and Innovation Residential College and also the Faculty Associate for Mobile Learning. He serves as the Assistant Director for the Industrial Assessment Center at Boise State. He received his Bachelors at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad and Masters from Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. from University of Wyoming. All his major study was in the field of Mechanical Engineering. Although he had pursued creative and independent research during his graduate studies, he found that his calling is toward teaching and methods to improve teaching and learning. His academic research interests include innovative teaching and learning strategies, use of emerging technologies, and mobile teaching and learning strategies. His long term goals are creating multi-media, high-impact and digital delivery of course content. He is also interested in developing and exploring new methods for knowledge delivery and is also interested in scholarship of learning. He is the recipient of David S. Taylor Service to Students Award and Golden Apple Award from Boise State University. He is also the recipient of ASEE PNW Section Outstanding Teaching Award. He serves as the campus representative (ASEE) for Boise State and also as the Treasurer for the ASEE PNW Section.
Dr. Diana Bairaktarova is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech and the Director of the Abilities, Creativity and Ethics in Design [ACE(D)]Lab. She is also an Affiliate faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and in the Program of Human-Centered Design at Virginia Tech. Bairaktarova’s research and teaching focus on enhancing engineering design learning with the end goal of helping engineers become creative problem solvers and thinkers for improved human experience. Her extensive industry experience includes working as a design engineer for more than fifteen years, including several joint-effort research projects with Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and other defense companies. Her research focuses on shifting the perspective of design education from an emphasis that relies too heavily on the product to a focus on the experiences of end-users and designers in the design process. By applying an interdisciplinary approach to engineering design, Bairaktarova uses design science as a basis for doing research. Her work in engineering design and engineering education is complemented by her ongoing research on the learner and learning environments that develop and enhance learners’ abilities.