ABSTRACTS - Room 124

All sessions take place in Butler-Carlton Hall on the Missouri S&T campus

THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2019

Lightning Round

LUNCH SESSION

Presenters: Instructional Design & Development Students - Missouri S&T

Time and Location: 11:30 - 12:15 p.m.; Room 124

Students working for Instructional Design & Development will demonstrate a few new apps or technologies that we have discovered recently. This will be a very high-level, informal discussion of the apps with a brief Q&A period after each demonstration. The best part of this presentation? All of these programs are absolutely FREE!


Lessons Learned: Changing from a Traditional Classroom Format to a Blended Format – Architectural Engineering – Building Lighting Systems

LEARNING STACK SESSION (15-20 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Stuart Baur - Associate Professor of Civil, Architectural, & Environmental Engineering; Missouri S&T

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 12:15 - 1:00 p.m., Room 124

In 2017, Dr. Baur was awarded an eFellows grant to redesign the building lighting systems course into a blended format that combined a combination of in-class meetings with on-line course materials throughout the course of one week. In this particular case the course went from a traditional three in-class lectures a week to two lectures and one on-line session a week. Dr. Baur will share some of the lessons learned from this experience and what techniques he has employed to make the transition that have shown promise in student success and retention.


Getting to Know You: Using Video and Audio Assessment to Build Online Communities

LEARNING STACK SESSION (15-20 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Amy Peach - Assistant Professor of Educational Technology & Chair of Integrated School Library/Media; Lindenwood University

Audience: Higher Education, K-12 Education

Time and Location: 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.; Room 124

Video and audio features in learning management systems have made creating a community of online learners a reality for many schools. This session will explore some ways these tools can be leveraged to learn more about your students as individual learners and to help them find support among their colleagues no matter where they live.


The Benefits of Using VoiceThread in the Foreign Language Classroom: A Multipurpose Approach

LEARNING STACK SESSION (15-20 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. M. Emilia Barbosa - Assistant Professor of Arts, Language (Spanish), and Philosophy; Missouri S&T

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 1:15 - 2:00 p.m., Room 124

Dr. M. Emilia Barbosa will introduce the audience to VoiceThread and then will proceed to demonstrate how she uses it in the Spanish classroom at different levels and for different courses. She will be focusing on the benefits it brings to the learning experience while also mentioning some of the common practices that students engage in and some pitfalls. Dr. Barbosa will present her grading rubric for VoiceThread assignments and explain how she assesses the students’ work and how she judges their progress over a series of VoiceThread entries throughout the semester.


Outcomes-Based Grading

LEARNING STACK SESSION (15-20 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Christopher A. Gearin - Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership; Maryville University

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 1:15 - 2:00 p.m., Room 124

The presentation will discuss an outcomes-based grading model. As designed, all activities and assignments build a foundation for the learning outcomes of the course and the program. At the midpoint and at the end of the course, students assign themselves a grade on assignments completed up to that point using evidence from class performance and contribution, application of course content in a professional setting, and personal growth to show they met the outcomes.


Assessment and Technology in a Newly-Designed Online Graduate Course: Technology as an Assessment Tool and Technology as the Content of Assessment

LEARNING STACK SESSION (15-20 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Clair Kueny - Assistant Professor of Psychological Science; Missouri S&T

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 2:15 - 3:00 p.m., Room 124

This presentation will briefly discuss two considerations related to assessing an online graduate course: what needs to be assessed, and how to assess. Everything about this course was technology related (due to its online nature) but the focus will be specifically on how technology can help with assessment (e.g., the use of Canvas quizzes and rubrics) as well as capturing students’ perceptions on how technology was used to enhance the course (e.g., the use of google hangouts for live office hours).


Effect of Emphasis on Student Performance

LEARNING STACK SESSION (15-20 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Joshua P. Schlegel - Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator of Mining & Nuclear Engineering; Missouri S&T

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 2:15 - 3:00 p.m., Room 124

This presentation will discuss how different weighting schemes for grades affect student performance on various activities. In NUC ENG 3221 (Reactor Fluid Mechanics) and NUC ENG 3223 (Reactor Heat Tranfser), students negotiate with each other to determine how the various assessments are weighted in their final grades. The students' performance on quizzes, homework, and exams is presented under two different weighting schemes.


A Web-Based Solution for Grading Paper-Based Assessments and Surveys

LEARNING STACK SESSION (15-20 minutes)

Presenters: 
     Dr. Nicolas A. Libre - Assistant Teaching Professor of Civil, Architectural, & Environmental Engineering; Missouri S&T
     Jeff Jennings - Instructional Designer; Missouri S&T

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 3:15 - 4:00 p.m., Room 124

Grading students’ assessments or survey is typically a challenging and time-consuming task for instructors. In this session, a free web-based solution will be presented for grading paper based assessments and surveys that has been successfully used in different courses at Missouri S&T. This web based app automatically grades the scanned test papers and provide instructors with data analytics such as grade distribution in the class, the correct response rate per question and performance of students in each course objectives. This educational tool enables instructors to get instantaneous feedback right after an assessment, detect the topics that students are struggling with.


Paleontology in a Nutshell: Towards New Interactive and User-Friendly Learning Approaches

LEARNING STACK SESSION (15-20 minutes)

Presenters:
     Damián Cárdenas Loboguerrero - Graduate Student of Geology & Geophysics; Missouri S&T
     Dr. Francisa Oboh-Ikuenobe - Professor of Geology and Geophysics; Missouri S&T
     Jeff Jennings - Instructional Designer; Missouri S&T

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 3:15 - 4:00 p.m., Room 124

Few universities have retained paleontology as either a core course or an elective course in their curricula. During the last five years, Missouri S&T has experienced a significant drop in Systematic Paleontology (GEO 3631) student enrollment. By offering this course in a blended format with a distance/online section, we will not only better engage on-campus students with the course content but also make paleontology available to students all over the world who do not have the opportunity for face-to-face instruction. Consequently, we are developing new interactive and student- centered approaches to improve how paleontological concepts are not only taught but also assessed.


Evaluating the Impact of an Expanded Sophomore Design Curriculum for Aerospace Engineering Students

LEARNING STACK SESSION (15-20 minutes)

Presenters:
     Dr. Jillian Schmidt - Assistant Teaching Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering; Missouri S&T
     Dr. Warner Meeks - Assistant Teaching Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering; Missouri S&T
     Dr. Hank Pernicka - Professor of Aerospace Engineering; Missouri S&T

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 4:15 - 5:00 p.m., Room 124

The aerospace engineering curriculum includes a series of discipline-specific design courses, a sophomore-level course covering aircraft design principles (AE 2780), and senior-level courses providing a choice of aircraft (AE 4780/4781) or spacecraft (AE 4790/4791) projects. An additional sophomore-level course in spacecraft design (AE 2790) was developed with the goals of increasing student motivation and persistence, helping students make informed choices regarding their upper-level coursework, and aiding students in professional development by exposing them to spacecraft design techniques that are applicable to internships and research. This project investigates the effects of AE2790 on student preparedness, course selection, motivation, and career aspirations.


Using Digital Badging for Hard and Professional Skill Proficiency

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Joan Schuman - Assistant Teaching Professor of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering; Missouri S&T

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 4:15 - 5:00 p.m., Room 124

In this session, the process of developing and awarding digital badges for student skill proficiency will be discussed. Digital badges were assigned through the university learning management system. The rational for the number and types skills assessed will also be explored, and the tools utilized for assessment of the different skill sets will be outlined.