SURME

                  Summer Undergraduate Research Mentored Experience

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Dr. Oscar Mondragon

Department of Industrial, Manufacturing & Systems Engineering

Testing and comparing multimedia and interactive tools that increase online student engagement

Preferred major field of study or minimum required skills

  • ability to play and use new technology
  • ability to conduct independent study
  • knowledge of social media tools and multimedia editing software
  • written and oral skills

Scholarly significance/intellectual merit

Online education is a new venture that has evolved in the last two decades. Online education was initially targeted to remote locations with no schools. Classes were recordings of delivered courses with no synchronous communications. Now, online education has more needs to cover and more demands to satisfy. Today’s technology allows communication of data, voice, and video. Smart phones have cameras, microphones, internet access, and several programs for synchronous communications. The new generation was born with these technology and expects that the new education makes use of it. New courses are expected to be engaging and use diverse media while they challenge students and allows them to collaborate. Professionals have developed tools and methods that facilitate online education; e.g., tools that facilitate remote meetings; screen sharing; video editing; blogs; interactive webpages; learning management systems, use of short lectures, and self-managed teams. It is important to identify available tools and test them so tool recommendations can be given for specific needs or goals.

Research question(s)

  1. What tools or methods characteristics are needed to engage students?
  2. What tools or methods characteristics are more attractive to students?
  3. What tools or methods characteristics increase student learning?
  4. What criteria should be used to select a tool or method to develop online courses?

Methods/techniques/instruments to be learned/utilized

  • Multimedia tools
  • Methods and tools that increase student engagement
  • Decision analysis and resolution
  • Casual analysis and resolution
  • Decision tables and decision trees
  • Developing a plan and provide project status