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ENE Research Seminar: ENE 590 Presentations

Event Date: April 27, 2017
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School or Program: Engineering Education
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Secondary data set exploration on Kenya to aid in decision making for developmental projects

Dhinesh Radhakrishna
Educational development projects in third world countries are currently trying to bridge the resource gap existing among students along with designing educational spaces. The extent to which differences in educational resources (for e.g. learning & teaching materials, technology, teacher experience, etc.) explain differences in learning outcomes between children captures the extent of equity in educational opportunities. Large-scale national assessments provide opportunities to model, test and analyze the data to understand the differences in learning and achievement. In this study, we chose to identify, explore, and model a secondary data set of Kenya to understand the potential interpretations and assist in decision making for educational development projects. In this seminar, we will cover the identification of national secondary data set and the conceptual model to understand the contributions of various resources towards students learning and their enrollment status along with preliminary results from model testing.

Standards-Based Grading Teaching Assistant Training

Nathan Hicks
Our previous investigation of grades assigned by undergraduate teaching assistants (TAs) using standards-based rubrics in ENGR 132 revealed that assigned grades failed to meet acceptable levels of reliability. Recommended actions included refining assignments and rubrics and providing stronger training and supervision of undergraduate TAs. This presentation will highlight rubric modifications and describe the weekly online training modules that have been designed to improve grading reliability. Lessons learned, related to rubric items and TA behavior, attitudes, and performance, will be demonstrated through the presentation of notable training and survey data collected to this point. As this work is still in progress, intended future steps and analyses will be suggested and insights, recommendations, and feedback from the audience will be encouraged.
Bio | Nathan is an Engineering Education Ph.D. student. He is advised by Dr. Heidi Diefes-Dux and Dr. Kerrie Douglas. After obtaining his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida in 2008, he spent three years teaching a variety of STEM-related courses at Gaither High School in Tampa, Florida. He completed his M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida in 2015 under the tutelage of Dr. Elliot Douglas, studying how undergraduate engineering students use critical and reflective thinking in summer research experiences.