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U441·SUNDAY WORKSHOP: Concept Mapping — Inspiring Students to Connect Concepts
Workshop Multidisciplinary Engineering Division (MULTI)
Sun. June 25, 2023 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room 350, Baltimore Convention Center
Session Description

Ticketed event: $20.00
Concept maps (cmaps) are a direct assessment method that can provide a snapshot or visual representation of students’ conceptual understanding through nodes (concepts) and links (connections between concepts).
This interactive workshop will introduce a research-based toolkit for designing cmap assignments and scoring cmaps in undergraduate engineering classes. An example of scoring the cmaps will be provided. The toolkit includes short videos, instructional guides, and templates that: (1) introduce cmaps as a teaching and learning tool, (2) illustrate four types of cmap activities, (3) demonstrate multiple cmap scoring approaches, and (4) share lessons learned from implementing entrepreneurial-minded learning (EML) cmaps in different types of engineering courses (e.g., statics, first-year design, technical writing, electives) in five institutions.
Participants will learn how to develop and lead students through a concept mapping exercise and to select an appropriate scoring method(s). Participants will also have an opportunity to practice scoring previously generated cmaps.
After the workshop, participants can use the toolkit to continue refining their cmap assignment or experiment with different assignment types.
Although there has been a considerable increase in EML in engineering education, assessment of EM may be challenging. The EM Concept Map toolkit was developed specifically for assessing EM, but the workshop will present concept mapping methodologies that are broadly applicable beyond EML.

  1. Dr. Maria-Isabel Carnasciali
    Merrimack College

    Maria-Isabel Carnasciali’s NSF-funded research focused on the nontraditional engineering student – understanding their motivations, identity development, and impact of prior engineering-related experiences. Her current work dwells into learning in informal settings such as summer camps, military experiences, and extra-curricular activities. She is a strong proponent that much of the learning students do takes place outside the classroom – be it working on projects, participating in service-learning activities, or in the multitude of clubs and activities available on campus.

  2. Dr. Elif Miskioglu
    Bucknell University

    Dr. Elif Miskioǧlu is a chemical engineering educator and engineering education scholar passionate about developing a stronger engineering workforce to contend with increasingly complex societal challenges. An Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Bucknell University, her work focuses on the development of engineering expertise, with emphasis on problem-solving approaches and support structures for underrepresented populations in STEM. Trained originally as a chemical engineer, she holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering (with Genetics minor) from Iowa State University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University. Her work in engineering education has been supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, and the Kern Family Foundation.

  3. Dr. Cheryl A Bodnar
    Rowan University

    Dr. Cheryl Bodnar is an Associate Professor in the Experiential Engineering Education Department at Rowan University and is currently serving as the Provost’s Fellow for Student Success. Recently, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Education, and the Kern Family Foundation have funded her research. Her research interests relate to the incorporation of active learning techniques such as game-based learning in undergraduate classes as well as integration of innovation and entrepreneurship into the engineering curriculum. In particular, she is interested in the impact that these tools can have on student perception of the classroom environment, motivation, and learning outcomes.

  4. Dr. Elise Barrella P.E.
    Wake Forest University

    Dr. Elise Barrella enjoys working with diverse teams on multi-disciplinary projects related to infrastructure systems, spatial justice, and sustainability. She is a registered Professional Engineer and was a Founding Faculty member of Wake Forest’s Engineering Department. As the founder and CEO (Chief Everything Officer) of DfX Consulting LLC, she currently provides research and consulting services for the education and transportation sectors and teaches design thinking. She is also active nationally through the American Society of Engineering Education, NASEM Transportation Research Board, and the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network. In addition to research and consulting, she supports local non-profits engaged in redesigning the built environment. Elise earned her BS in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University and a Master of City and Regional Planning and PhD in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech.

  5. Dr. Heather Dillon
    University of Washington

    Dr. Heather Dillon is Professor & Program Chair for Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington - Tacoma. Her research is focused on renewable energy, thermal systems, and engineering education. She recently served as the Chair of the Council on Undergraduate Research, Engineering Division. Before joining the university, Heather Dillon worked for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as a senior research engineer working on both energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. She has received awards for mentoring undergraduate students including the US Department of Energy Office of Science Outstanding Mentor Award. Dr. Dillon recently served as the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in STEM Education at the University of Calgary, Alberta.

  6. Dr. Krista M Kecskemety
    The Ohio State University

    Dr. Krista M. Kecskemety is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. She is also the Director of the Fundamentals of Engineering for Honors Program. Krista received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Ohio State. Krista focusing on Wind Turbine Aerodynamic Modeling and Aeroelasticity for her Ph.D. She has shifted her focus to engineering education research and the research to practice cycle, including investigating first-year engineering student experiences, faculty experiences, and the connection between the two.

  7. Dr. Juan M Cruz
    Rowan University

    Juan M. Cruz is an assistant professor of Experiential Engineering Education at Rowan University. He has a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Virginia Tech. a B.S. in Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Education from Universidad Javeriana in Colombia. His research interests include using system thinking to understand how instructional change occurs, faculty development processes, and faculty and students’ motivation.