Heidi Diefes-Dux

Heidi Diefes-Dux

Professor
Mailing Addresses
Purdue University
School of Engineering Education
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 W. Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045
Office: ARMS 1333
Phone: (765) 494-3887
Fax: (765) 494-5819

Biography

Heidi Diefes-Dux has over 15 years of experience in employing the models and modeling perspective and design research methodologies to conduct classroom-based research to maximize the learning potential of authentic engineering learning experiences that result student construction of models and simulations. Learning experiences are authentic when they are set in real-world contexts and encourage the use and development of domain knowledge, problem-solving skills, teamwork skills, and communications skills in ways that reflect professional practice. Research foci include the development of authentic learning experiences, implementation and assessment strategies, students’ mathematical models and simulations, instructor professional development, and student peer and instructor feedback. Settings for this work have been elementary and middle school and first-year engineering.

Dr. Diefes-Dux is leading an effort to integrate standards-based grading (SBG) in a large engineering course. She is part of a growing community (see sbghub.lmu.build) that is learning how to move away from traditional score-based grading systems to SBG, which provides students with more meaningful feedback on their learning. Her interests are in students' use of SBG feedback and resources, students' reflections on their learning, meaning representations of students' performance, and instructional team professional development with using SBG.

Hometown

Poughkeepsie, New York

Education

Ph.D., Agricultural & Biological Engineering - Food Processing Engineering, Purdue University
M.S., Food Science, Cornell University
B.S., Food Science, Cornell University

Research Interests

Models, Modeling, & Simulation - Employing the models and modeling perspective and design research methodologies to conduct classroom-based research to maximize the learning potential of authentic engineering learning experiences that result student construction of models and simulations. Learning experiences are authentic when they are set in real-world contexts and encourage the use and development of domain knowledge, problem-solving skills, teamwork skills, and communications skills in ways that reflect professional practice. Research foci include the development of authentic learning experiences, implementation and assessment strategies, students’ mathematical models and simulations, instructor professional development, and student peer and instructor feedback.

Selected Publications

Marbouti, F., Diefes-Dux, H. A., & Madhavan, K. (2016). Models for early prediction of at-risk students in a course using standards-based grading. Computers & Education, 103(December 2016), 1-15.
Verleger, M. A., Rodgers, K. J., & Diefes-Dux, H. A. (2016). Selecting effective samples to train students for artifact peer review. Journal of Engineering Education, 105(4), 585-604. doi: 10.1002/jee.20148
Zawojewski, J. S., Diefes-Dux, H. A., & Bowman, K. J. (Eds.) (2008). Models and modeling in Engineering Education: Designing experiences for all students. Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Awards, Honors, Achievements, & Memberships

  • Fulbright-Colombia Specialist, 2016
  • Engineering Education Leadership Award, 2016
  • Center for Instructional Excellence Faculty Fellowship, 2014-2016
  • College of Engineering Staff Awards of Excellence – Team Award: First-Year Engineering, 2013
  • College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence – Team Award: INSPIRE Team, 2011
  • Seed for Success Award, 2009
  • Women & Hi Tech – Leading Light Awards, Outstanding Science, Technology or Engineering Educator, 2006
  • Fellow of the Teaching Academy, 2004
  • Freshman Engineering Best Teacher Award, 2000, 2002