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ASEE Booth Volunteers Sought

We are seeking more volunteers to do a tour of duty at the ENE booth at ASEE. The days and times when we still need help are indicated in yellow below.

If you can assist, please email David Radcliffe

Alternatively there is physical sign-up sheet on the counter by Julie's desk. 

Day/Date Time Faculty Students Staff
Sun June 14 6pm-7:30pm     Loizzo & Fry
Mon June 15 10:30-noon Pilotte Cummings Loizzo & Fry
Mon June 15 12:30-2pm                           Sanchez-Pena Loizzo & Fry
Mon June 15 2:15-3:45pm Pawley   Loizzo & Fry
Mon June 15 4-5pm Main Emilie Siverling Loizzo & Fry
Tues June 16 8:45-10:15am     Loizzo & Fry
Tues June 16 10:30am-12:15pm Godwin Ortega-Alvarez  Loizzo & Fry
Tues June 16 12:30-2pm Hynes   Loizzo & Fry

Thank you to those who have already signed-up

ENE Profile

Name: Kerrie Anna Douglas

Job: Visiting Assistant Professor

What is the scope of your job? Teaching and research. I’m excited to start teaching ENGR 131 in the fall. In terms of research, I study methods of evaluation and assessment in engineering education. My other area of research concerns impoverished K-12 students’ agency and pathways to engineering (referred to as hope). I also mentor students in research.

What’s a job priority for you right now/what big project are you working on? One of my main priorities right now is leading evaluation research for the Purdue/nanoHUB-U/edX partnership. We have a multidisciplinary team, which includes Dr. Krishna Madhavan from ENE; Dr. Peter Bermel and a graduate researcher, Monzurul Alam, from Electrical Computer Engineering; and an undergraduate researcher from Aeronautical Engineering, Andy Mack. We are developing an evaluation framework for highly technical engineering MOOCs (massive open online courses). We work with Dr. Mark Lundstrom and engineering faculty who are passionate about teaching. The topics they teach, such as Nanophotonic Modeling and Organic Electronic Devices, are so advanced that textbooks are yet to be published with the information.

Our research is focused on methodological advancements that combine learning analytics with traditional forms of assessment, in order to develop a more holistic understanding of learners and the learning that occurs in MOOCs. We are driven by the need to provide stakeholders with information they can actually use. This is significant because most of the MOOC research to date has provided very little information that is action-oriented (meaning information that can be used to support learning, or make administrative decisions, etc.). By understanding more about the learners, we are able to work with engineering faculty to increase learning in this open environment. It is a very rewarding project for me, because our research is being used to inform future courses. In addition, we are developing innovative methods of evaluation that will benefit the larger MOOC research community.

What’s the best part of your job or working in ENE? The research collaborations and possibilities are the best part.

What hobbies or activities are you involved in outside of work? Taking my kids on walks, bike rides, and wagon rides.

Who is your favorite author? I love classical Russian literature - Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy. I recently read Anna Karenina and am now onto The Idiot. The plots are very thick and full of good life lessons!

What did you want to be when you were young? I wanted to be a pediatrician, but when I got to college I hated chemistry with 500 students.

Next week's profile: Rick Womack