Reflective Teaching In A Digital Age

Dr. Natasha Mello and Dr. Nicole Pitterson

Welcome to the podcast series called: Reflective Teaching in a Digital Age. We are excited to share our conversations with professionals working in STEM education or related fields. They have graciously agreed to share their personal experiences of adapting to an online teaching mode as well as their professional wealth of practical and theoretical knowledge relevant to blended or online teaching. We discuss many topics including effective course design, teamwork facilitation, assessment, educational technology integration, social support, instructor’s trust development and many, many others. We hope these conversations will prove useful to our listeners as well as help to engage our community in a larger conversation about effective ways to navigate the “new normal” of blended and online learning in STEM to develop effective modes of teaching. Visit our website for more information: https://www.reflectiveteachinginadigitalage.com

Blended Learning with Dr. Norm Vaughn
Dec 24 2021
Blended Learning with Dr. Norm Vaughn
When designing a blended learning class instructors are faced with many decisions about teaching modalities, use of technology, relevant learning activities, and assessment methods. In this episode Dr. Norm Vaughn talks to us about the history and core principles of blended learning, ways to design synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences as well as integration of meaningful feedback to support student engagement and learning.Bio:An educator and researcher with interests in blended learning, faculty development and K to 12 schooling, Dr. Norm Vaughan is a Professor in the Department of Education, Faculty of Health, Community, Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta.Norm's teaching background includes graduate and undergraduate courses in educational technology, K-12 education in northern Canada, technical training in the petroleum industry, and English as a Second Language in Japan. In addition, he has been involved in several consulting projects with book publishers and higher education institutions to develop online courses and resources. He has co-authored the books Teaching in Blended Learning Environments: Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry (2013) and Blended Learning in Higher Education (2008) and he has published a series of articles on blended learning and faculty development.  Norm is the Co-founder of the Blended Online Design Network (BOLD), a member of the Community of Inquiry Research Group, the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning and he is on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Excellence in e-Learning, Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, the International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education,  the Journal on Centers for Teaching & Learning, Journal of Interactive Online Learning, and the Learning Communities Journal.
Supporting Student Learning through the Contextualized Evaluation Framework with Dr. Kerrie Douglas
Dec 22 2021
Supporting Student Learning through the Contextualized Evaluation Framework with Dr. Kerrie Douglas
Using a contextualized approach for assessment and evaluation of engineering classes is integral for supporting student progress. In this episode Dr. Kerrie Douglas talks to us about the evaluation criteria necessary for providing meaningful feedback to instructors on student engagement, as well as the importance of rethinking ways to design effective learning experiences for in person and online learning.Bio:Dr. Kerrie Douglas, Assistant Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue, studies how to improve the quality of classroom assessments and evaluation of online learning in a variety of engineering education contexts. She holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and a M.A. in Educational Studies, with focus on school counseling. She received an NSF award to study engineering instructor decisions and student support during COVID-19 and impact the pandemic is having on engineering students. She also recently won the prestigious CAREER award from the U.S. National Science Foundation to study increasing the fairness of engineering assessments. In total, she has been on the leadership of more than $24 million dollars in research awards. Her research on evaluation of online learning (supported by two NSF awards #1544259,1935683) has resulted in more than 20 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications related to engineering learners in online courses. She was a FutureLearn Research Fellow from 2017-2019; a 2018 recipient of the FIE New Faculty Fellow Award and was the 2021 Program Chair for the Educational Research Methods Division of ASEE.
Using the Content, Assessment, and Pedagogy (CAP) framework to redesign learning experiences with Drs. Ruth Streveler and Karl Smith
Dec 15 2021
Using the Content, Assessment, and Pedagogy (CAP) framework to redesign learning experiences with Drs. Ruth Streveler and Karl Smith
For many instructors making decisions about what content must be emphasized, what needs to be assessed, and how to design activities that maximize learning is a challenging task, regardless of the mode of teaching. In this episode, Drs. Ruth Streveler and Karl Smith who collaborated on writing an opinion piece on their CAP framework share with us a way of thinking about redesigning off and online learning environments using the CAP framework as a guiding model of instructional approach. Bios:Dr. Ruth A. Streveler is a Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Dr. Streveler has been the Principle Investigator or co-Principle Investigator of ten grants funded by the US National Science Foundation. She is an Associated Editor for the Journal of Engineering Education (JEE), has published articles in the JEE and the International Journal of Engineering Education, and contributed two chapters to the Cambridge Handbook of Engineering Education Research. She has presented workshops to over 500 engineering faculty on four continents. Dr. Streveler’s primary research interests are investigating students’ understanding of difficult concepts in engineering science and helping engineering faculty conduct rigorous research in engineering education.Dr. Karl A. Smith is Cooperative Learning Professor of Engineering Education, School of Engineering Education, at Purdue University. He is also Morse-Alumni Distinguished University Teaching Professor and Emeritus Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His research and development interests include building research and innovation capabilities in engineering education; faculty and graduate student professional development; the role of cooperation in learning and design; problem formulation and modeling; and project and knowledge management. Karl adapted the cooperative learning model to engineering education. His work on cooperative learning has helped thousands of faculty build knowledge, skills and confidence for involving their students in interactive and cooperative learning both during class time and outside of class.  The effects of the work are significant in terms of creating a sense of belonging and membership in a community, as well as much more engaged and deep learning.
Cooperative Learning in Engineering Classrooms with Dr. Karl Smith
Dec 15 2021
Cooperative Learning in Engineering Classrooms with Dr. Karl Smith
Learning how to work together to accomplish shared goals is at the center of the engineering design process. The cooperative learning model, adapted to engineering education by Dr. Karl Smith, offers a powerful interactive educational approach that emphasizes interdependence and accountability. Dr. Smith shares with us the theoretical background of the cooperative learning model, unpacks its core elements, and discusses practical applications of this model in large engineering classrooms.Bio:Dr. Karl A. Smith is Cooperative Learning Professor of Engineering Education, School of Engineering Education, at Purdue University. He is also Morse-Alumni Distinguished University Teaching Professor and Emeritus Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His research and development interests include building research and innovation capabilities in engineering education; faculty and graduate student professional development; the role of cooperation in learning and design; problem formulation and modeling; and project and knowledge management. Karl adapted the cooperative learning model to engineering education. His work on cooperative learning has helped thousands of faculty build knowledge, skills and confidence for involving their students in interactive and cooperative learning both during class time and outside of class.  The effects of the work are significant in terms of creating a sense of belonging and membership in a community, as well as much more engaged and deep learning.
Supporting Teamwork in Engineering Classes with Dr. Larry Nies
Oct 30 2021
Supporting Teamwork in Engineering Classes with Dr. Larry Nies
Teamwork facilitation in engineering classes, where students must collaboratively develop a solution to complex, open-ended problems, is uniquely challenging. The role of the instructor extends from supporting students in the development of necessary technical knowledge and skills to helping teams figure out their collaborative workflow processes. Dr. Nies talks to us about his extensive teaching experience facilitating teamwork in large engineering classes – in person and online, provides reflections about the value of social bonding and trust building among team members, as well as practical advice on team formation, conflict resolution and student engagement in the learning process.Bio:Dr. Larry Nies is a professor at Purdue university with appointments in Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering. He has been teaching Sustainable Engineering courses at Purdue since founding them in 2002. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with research interests spanning across macro-scale human systems down to nano-scale molecular processes. More recently, he has been researching how to transform industrial and urban systems toward a sustainable trajectory, primarily through water and carbon footprint assessment.Dr. Nies has been recognized numerous times for his outstanding achievements in engineering teaching and counseling by various groups including Purdue University, the Society of Environmental and Ecological Engineering (SEEE), and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. Today our discussion is focused on his long running work to support engineering project teams in undergraduate classrooms.
Online Laboratories in Engineering Education with Dr. Dominik May
Jul 1 2021
Online Laboratories in Engineering Education with Dr. Dominik May
Use of Online laboratories in science and engineering classes during the pandemic became widespread by necessity. Many STEM instructors had to experiment with and transition to different types of online laboratories, such as remote, augmented reality or virtual. In this conversation, Dr. Dominik May talks to us about the background of online laboratory development, their use in engineering classes during a shift to online teaching, and shares insights about the future of flexible learning where online experimentation can offer opportunities for greater engagement in the learning process.Reference(s) mentioned in this episode:May, D., Terkowsky, C., Boehringer, D., & Varney, V. (Eds.). (in preparation). Online Laboratories in Higher Engineering Education: Solutions, Challenges, and Future Directions from a Pedagogical Perspective (Special Issue of the European Journal of Engineering Education): European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI). May, D., Jahnke, I., & Moore, S. L. (Eds.). (in preparation). Online Labs and Virtual Experimentation in Higher Education (Special Issue of Journal of Computing in Higher Education - JCHE): Springer. May, D. (2020). Cross Reality Spaces in Engineering Education–Online Laboratories for Supporting International Student Collaboration in Merging Realities. International Journal of Online and Biomedical Engineering (iJOE), 16(03), 4-26. Li, R., Morelock, J. R., & May, D. (2020). A Comparative Study of An Online Lab Using Labsland and Zoom during COVID-19. Advances in Engineering Education, 8(4), 1-10. Retrieved from   LabsLand, company developing and hosting remote labs: Labster, company developing and hosting virtual labs: Tims, company selling remote lab equipment for electrical engineering:  Bio:Dr. May is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Education Transformations Institute. He researches online and intercultural engineering education. His primary research focus lies on the development, introduction, practical use, and educational value of online laboratories (remote, virtual, and cross-reality) and online experimentation in engineering instruction. In his work, he focuses on developing broader educational strategies for the design and use of online engineering equipment, putting these into practice and provide the evidence base for further development efforts. Moreover, Dr. May is developing instructional concepts to bring students into international study contexts so that they can experience intercultural collaboration and develop respective competences.
Teaching Through the Lens of the Community of Inquiry (CoI) Framework with Dr. Norm Vaughan
Apr 7 2021
Teaching Through the Lens of the Community of Inquiry (CoI) Framework with Dr. Norm Vaughan
Continuing our conversation about the Community of Inquiry Framework and its application to online learning, we focus this episode on the role of Teaching Presence in facilitating the meaningful design of educational experiences. Dr. Vaughan talks to us about the theoretical foundations of Teaching Presence, its implications for practice, and ways to empower learners to become successful problem solvers.For more information about the CoI Framework, please visit: educator and researcher with interests in blended learning, faculty development and K to 12 schooling, Dr. Norm Vaughan is a Professor in the Department of Education, Faculty of Health, Community, Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta.Norm's teaching background includes graduate and undergraduate courses in educational technology, K-12 education in northern Canada, technical training in the petroleum industry, and English as a Second Language in Japan. In addition, he has been involved in several consulting projects with book publishers and higher education institutions to develop online courses and resources. He has co-authored the books Teaching in Blended Learning Environments: Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry (2013) and Blended Learning in Higher Education (2008) and he has published a series of articles on blended learning and faculty development.  Norm is the Co-founder of the Blended Online Design Network (BOLD), a member of the Community of Inquiry Research Group, the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning and he is on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Excellence in e-Learning, Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, the International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education,  the Journal on Centers for Teaching & Learning, Journal of Interactive Online Learning, and the Learning Communities Journal.
Technology in STEM Learning with Chad Dorsey
Mar 2 2021
Technology in STEM Learning with Chad Dorsey
Technology in education has gained a tremendous role during the time of the pandemic. From kindergarten through college, technology is being used to connect us, provide access to a variety of resources, and most importantly to empower students by engaging them in active learning experiences. The latter requires rethinking more transactional ways of teaching and recognizing the potential of technology to put students into the center of learning. Reference(s) mentioned in this episode: Dorsey, C. (2020). Perspective: Is Remote Learning a Panacea for the Pandemic? The Concord Consortium. Dorsey is President and CEO of the Concord Consortium. Chad’s professional experience ranges across the fields of science, education, and technology. Prior to joining the Concord Consortium, Chad led teacher professional development workshops as a member of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance. There he developed technology-embedded assessments, analyzed Web-based phenomena and representations for an online library, and co-authored an NSTA Press book of science formative assessment probes. Chad has also taught science in classrooms from middle schools through college and has guided educational reform efforts at the district-wide and whole-school levels. While earning his B.A. in physics at St. Olaf College and his M.A. in physics at the University of Oregon, Chad conducted experimental fluid mechanics research, built software models of Antarctic ice streams, and dragged a radar sled by hand across South Cascade Glacier. He first met computers when his family hooked an Apple II to their fancy new color TV set, and he’s been a shameless geek ever since.
Learning goals, Assessment, and Technology in Engineering Education with Dr. Chris Rogers
Dec 23 2020
Learning goals, Assessment, and Technology in Engineering Education with Dr. Chris Rogers
For many educators online teaching is a relatively new experience that presents opportunities for rethinking traditional instruction and beliefs about student learning. Dr. Rogers talks to us about the importance of setting clear learning goals, using appropriate assessment metrics, and developing ways of thinking about the role of technology to support meaningful learning.References mentioned in this episode:Rogers, C. (2020). A Time to Experiment. ASEE Prism, 29(4), 21-21Bio:Chris Rogers earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Stanford University, where he worked with Professor John Eaton on his thesis on particle motion in a boundary layer flow. Rogers joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts School of Engineering in 1989. He is involved in a number of research areas, including particle-laden flows (a continuation of his thesis), telerobotics and controls, slurry flows in chemical-mechanical planarization, the engineering of musical instruments, measuring flame shapes of couch fires, measuring fruit-fly locomotion, and engineering education (kindergarten to college). At Tufts, Rogers has exercised his strong commitment to teaching by exploring a number of new directions, including teaching robotics with LEGO bricks and teaching manufacturing by building musical instruments. His teaching work extends to the elementary school level, where he talks with over 1,000 teachers around the world every year on methods of introducing young children to engineering.
Dr. Randy Garrison - Community of Inquiry (CoI) Framework and Online Teaching
Oct 18 2020
Dr. Randy Garrison - Community of Inquiry (CoI) Framework and Online Teaching
Online teaching is a complex process that requires rethinking the role of the instructor, student interactions, and meaningful ways of learning. The CoI framework gets at the heart of establishing and sustaining online educational experiences through the development of interdependent elements: social, cognitive, and teaching presence. Dr. Randy Garrison will talk to us about the history of the CoI framework, its role in the thoughtful design of online education, and practical ways of helping students learn through active participation and shared meaning making.For more information about the CoI Framework, please visit: mentioned in this episode:Garrison, D. R. (2016). E-learning in the 21st century: A community of inquiry framework for research and practice. Taylor & Francis.Garrison, D. R. (2015). Thinking collaboratively: Learning in a community of inquiry. Routledge.Vaughan, N. D., Cleveland-Innes, M., & Garrison, D. R. (2013). Teaching in blended learning environments: Creating and sustaining communities of inquiry. Athabasca University Press.Garrison, D. R., & Akyol, Z. (2013). The community of inquiry theoretical framework. Handbook of distance education, 3, 104-120.Garrison, D. R. (2007). Online community of inquiry review: Social, cognitive, and teaching presence issues. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 11(1), 61-72.Bio:D. Randy Garrison is professor emeritus at the University of Calgary.  Dr. Garrison has been Dean of Extension at the University of Alberta, Director of the Teaching and Learning Centre at the University of Calgary. He has published extensively on teaching and learning in adult, higher and distance education contexts. From a research perspective Dr. Garrison has authored, co-authored or edited thirteen books and well over 100 refereed articles/chapters. His most recent book is E-Learning in the 21st Century: A Community of Inquiry Framework for Research and Practice (3rd Edition) (2017).
Educational Technology Tools Integration through the Technology, Content, Assessment, and Pedagogy (TCAP) Framework with Dr. Rohit Kandakatla
Sep 29 2020
Educational Technology Tools Integration through the Technology, Content, Assessment, and Pedagogy (TCAP) Framework with Dr. Rohit Kandakatla
Whether we have experienced teaching face-to-face, blended, or online classes, educational technology tools for learning have been part of the teaching resources repertoire for quite some time now. Integration of simulations, virtual labs, collaborative platforms, and assessment tools as part of the teaching process is familiar to many, yet a more deliberate approach to thinking of how a particular educational tool will help to achieve learning outcomes is frequently not part of the decision-making process. Dr. Kandakatla talks to us about a thoughtful and holistic approach to thinking about educational technology tools integration in STEM classes using a variation of the Content, Assessment, and Pedagogy (CAP) framework he calls TCAP (Technology, Content, Assessment, and Pedagogy). Bio:Dr. Rohit Kandakatla has completed his Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University and is currently serving as the Director for Strategy, Operations, and Human Resource Development at KG Reddy College of Engineering and Technology. He also has an adjunct faculty appointment with the Center for Engineering Education Research at KLE Technological University. Prior to his PhD in Purdue, Rohit completed his bachelor’s and master’s in electrical engineering from India. His research interests include faculty use of educational technology, service learning, understanding organizational development in higher education and education policy.
Adaptability of the Content, Assessment, and Pedagogy (CAP) Framework in a Digital Age with Dr. Ruth Streveler
Sep 29 2020
Adaptability of the Content, Assessment, and Pedagogy (CAP) Framework in a Digital Age with Dr. Ruth Streveler
The CAP Framework is widely known in the engineering education community. It is focused on alignment of content, assessment, and pedagogy to progress towards learning objectives and is frequently used as an approach to curriculum development in engineering courses. Dr. Streveler talks to us about her personal experience with online teaching, ways the CAP framework can be used to rethink course design in an online environment, and the importance of social-emotional support in online instruction.References mentioned in this episode:Streveler, R. A., Smith, K. A., & Pilotte, M. (2012). Aligning course content, assessment, and delivery: Creating a context for outcome-based education. In Outcome-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education: Innovative practices (pp. 1-26). IGI Global.Bio:Dr. Ruth A. Streveler is a Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Dr. Streveler has been the Principle Investigator or co-Principle Investigator of ten grants funded by the US National Science Foundation. She is an Associated Editor for the Journal of Engineering Education (JEE), has published articles in the JEE and the International Journal of Engineering Education, and contributed two chapters to the Cambridge Handbook of Engineering Education Research. She has presented workshops to over 500 engineering faculty on four continents. Dr. Streveler’s primary research interests are investigating students’ understanding of difficult concepts in engineering science and helping engineering faculty conduct rigorous research in engineering education.