eFellows Grants - 2019

 

Advanced Course Redesign for Blended or Online


COURSE / PROGRAM

  •  CHE 3111: Numerical Computing - Blended

ABSTRACT

The Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department has adopted a new undergraduate curriculum for students entering the university after Fall 2016. Four new required courses are being developed for the program. Three of these courses are a reconfiguration of courses from the old curriculum. One of these (ChE 3111, Numerical Computing) adds new material to the curriculum. This course is intended to fill in gaps in the computing skills of our students and allow faculty in upper-level ChE courses to assign more complex problems. This course is complicated by the fact that the students programming experience has been in a variety of programming languages (primarily C++ and Matlab) and that they will be applying these new computing skills to topics that they have not yet seen. The ChE 3111 course is being developed by its instructor, Dr. Christi Patton Luks. It will first be taught in Fall 2018 as a pre-pilot, and every Fall/Spring semester thereafter as it is required of all undergraduates.

Elizabeth Cudney 

Dr. Elizabeth Cudney

Associate Professor
Director, Design Engineering Center

Engineering Management and Systems Engineering


COURSE / PROGRAM

  • EMgt 4710: Quality  - Blended Course

ABSTRACT

EMgt 4710 is a required undergraduate course in the Engineering Management program. The course is taught every semester by the principal course developer (Beth Cudney) and has an average of 48 students per semester. The class meets twice per week for 1hou r 15 minutes.

As campus enrollment has continued to grow, so has enrollment in this course. The course involves advanced statistical analyses and methods for process improvement through the use of statistical software. The content can be difficult for students to grasp with only a few examples covered during a normal lecture. Further, with such a large course, class discussions can also be very difficult.

The goal of this project is to blend one lecture per week. Further, the students will be broken up into two groups. Note that this is not two sections as that would require additional resources. Half of the students would attend the Tuesday class and the remaining half would attend the Thursday class; essentially reducing the class size from 48 to less than 25. The in-class time would then be spent on hands-on activities and statistical software. Through a smaller class size, more individual attention can be provided to students to better learn the material.

Dev Niyogi

Dr. Dev Niyogi

Associate Professor

Biological Sciences


COURSE / PROGRAM

  •  BioSci 2263: Ecology - Blended

ABSTRACT

The main objective of this eFellows application is to develop an online course for one of the required, intermediate-level classes in Biological Sciences. Our Ecology class, BioSci 2263, is a good candidate for online course development. The class is intended to be a sophomore-level class. However, many students have trouble scheduling it at the appropriate time because of conflicts with other requirements for our BioSci degree such as chemistry and math classes. My plan is to develop an online Ecology class for the summer semester of 2019 and subsequent summers and possibly other semesters. Many students have trouble with traditional college schedules, and online courses give them another option that can help them make progress toward graduation.


COURSE / PROGRAM

  •  Fossils3D & PaleoApp: An interactive and user-friendly approach to improve paleontological learning experience

ABSTRACT

My teaching experience has enabled me to perceive that the main obstacle faced by students is the excessive memorization required for this junior-level course, making the course content tedious and overwhelming. During Summer semester 2017, my PhD student Damián Cárdenas, former PhD student and course GTA Walaa Awad and I—partnering with Global Learning—took a major step towards a more interactive and student-centered approach. We began the process of redesigning the course to better engage students with its contents. During this process, we tested some interactive online laboratory exercises using digitized fossils. The positive feedback from students encouraged us to digitize the ample fossil collection used for teaching the course while transitioning from a classroom/laboratory teaching format to a blended format with a distance/online section. Consequently, we have identified the need to develop (1) an online database (Fossils3D) and (2) a web app interface for desktop and IOS/Android devices (PaleoApp) to stimulate students’ interest in paleontology.


COURSE / PROGRAM

  •  CivEng 5513: Traffic Engineering - Blended

ABSTRACT

This project aims to redesign course CIV_ENG 5513 traffic engineering and blend web-based online learning and traditional face-to-face instruction. As opposed to the existing course setup that requires faculty and students to meet for two and half hours once per week in a traditional classroom setting, students are expected to get prepared before they come to the class by watching pre-recorded videos and uploaded course materials online, and spend 90 minutes in the classroom for discussions and other forms of interactions between themselves and with the instructor. Dr. Xianbiao (XB) Hu from the department of civil, architectural and environmental engineering will be the faculty member leading this effort and aim to finish redesigning this course by 2019 fall semester.


COURSE / PROGRAM

  •  Engineering Ethics and Professionalism

ABSTRACT

If we expect our students to be ethical professionals when they enter the professional arena, we must provide them with a solid foundation in ethics and an understanding of the meaning of ethical behavior. Because engineers must remain worthy of the public trust, we as educators must provide our students with a solid foundation in both technical skills and in understanding ethical behavior. To help meet this need, a new course will be developed that will provide students with an in-depth appreciation of professionalism and ethical behavior in engineering practice. Students will explore, learn, and "do" ethics through the consideration of a number of case studies and examples. 

The course will be developed so that it can be taught as a semester-long engineering ethics course (i.e. it will meet three times per week for fifteen weeks), or can be offered as individual interdisciplinary modules as needed by faculty across campus through a blended learning environment. This presentation of course materials will not only help optimize campus resources, but it will also engage non-traditional or place-bound students who desire to pursue college-level education.

Dan Reardon

DR. Dan Reardon

 Associate Professor
Director of Composition
English Teacher Education Program Advisor


English & Technical Communication


COURSE / PROGRAM

  •  English 3590: Game Studies - New Course Design

ABSTRACT

As the signature course of the English and Technical Communication departments new Games Studies minor, English 3590 will assist students in analyzing the use, value, and impact of games as entertainment, as educational activities, and as professional tools.


COURSE / PROGRAM

  •  Music Appreciation: Music of Latin America - New Course Design, Blended

ABSTRACT

Music Appreciation: Music of Latin America is a new class, being developed by me, that will serve as part of the Latin American Studies Minor. A unique aspect of this class will be the experiential learning: students will have the opportunity to learn to play the cajons, or box drums,  along with some other Latin American percussion instruments.  This will culminate in a  public performance on campus. This musical learning will be done via video each Friday, with me making the instructional video and students then recording themselves on video when the specific skill for the week has been learned. Listening will also be online for them. Monday and Wednesday will be a traditional in-class structure.