Free ticketed event
This workshop will introduce participants to mobile technologies and learning strategies that can enhance learning for mechanical engineering (ME) students. Participants will see examples of how ME instructors used mobile learning strategies effectively in the classroom and identify ways to apply and transfer concepts through practice. Participants will engage in active learning through micro-workshops focused on relevant topics of digital learning, such as digital distraction, cloud-based collaboration, virtual office hours, and wireless presentation. Facilitators also will share highlights from a successful professional development program aimed at integrating mobile learning in higher education.
By participating in this workshop, attendees will:
1. Identify some mobile learning technologies and learning strategies which may be used for learning in a ME course
2. See examples of how effective mobile learning technologies and strategies were used by ME instructors
3. Identify ways in which effective mobile learning technologies and strategies can be used in their specific ME courses
4. Discuss the pros and cons of using mobile learning technologies and strategies in their course
5. Hear about a PD program designed to help ME instructors and others in using mobile tech and strategies for increasing student learning.
Technology and Workshop Plan Technology: Smartphones and Tablets
In this workshop participants will:
1. Pair and discuss how mobile learning technologies and strategies are currently being used at their institutions to advance learning in ME courses (5 minutes)
2. Be introduced to a series of concepts related to digital learning; through corresponding micro-workshops, participants will have the opportunity to transfer concepts to practice (40 minutes)
3. Hear methods by which the discussed digital concepts were applied by instructors for ME learning (40 minutes)
4. Work in small groups to complete a provided template for mapping their individual plan for mobile learning integration in a ME course (15 minutes)
5. Hear an overview of a successful professional development program for mobile learning at Boise State University (15 minutes)
Dr. Krishna Pakala is an assistant 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 Living Learning Community and also the Faculty Associate for Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning. He served as the inaugural Faculty Associate for Mobile Learning from 2016 to 2019. He serves as the director for the Industrial Assessment Center at Boise State. He received his bachelor's at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, and his master's degree from Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming. All his major study was in the field of mechanical engineering. His academic research interests include innovative teaching and learning strategies, use of emerging technologies, and mobile teaching and learning strategies. He is the recipient of David S. Taylor Service to Students Award and Golden Apple Award from Boise State. He is also the recipient of the ASEE PNW section's Outstanding Teaching Award and ASEE ME Division's Outstanding New Mechnical Engineering Educator Award. He recently recieved the Catalyst award for Teaching and Learning and Exemplary Course Award for Thermodynamics from Blackboard. He serves as the ASEE campus representative for Boise State and also as the chair-elect 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 afiliate 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 15 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.