An Investigation of Digital and Hands-On Learning Styles and Their Potential Impact on Online Education

COIL is proud to have supported An Investigation of Digital and Hands-On Learning Styles and Their Potential Impact on Online Education project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.

The objectives of this COIL proposal are to investigate the impact of digital and hands-on learning and propose solutions aimed at integrating the two learning approaches into the increasingly popular and cost effective online/distance based education paradigm. Digital learning techniques refer to the use of technology and virtual infrastructure to communicate educational concepts and activities. Hands-on or haptic learning on the other hand relates to the physical handling of objects. Together, these two curriculum delivery and engagement approaches are critical to the development of world class engineers who typically employ digital simulation techniques in order to develop real life, tangible systems. Consequently, there must be a balance between the digital environment and the physical, tangible environment. However, in the virtual online learning environment, developing techniques for students to experience hands-on learning is challenging. To mitigate these challenges, the PIs of this COIL proposal aim to investigate the following research questions:

Research Question 1: What effects do digital and hands-on learning have on student design knowledge, and overall performance in the context of engineering design problem solving?

Research Question 2: What technologies can be employed (or developed) to help integrate digital and hands-on learning in engineering design focused online courses?

Team:

  • Conrad Tucker, Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering and Engineering Design, Penn State University Park
  • Gül E. Kremer, Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering and Engineering Design, Penn State University Park
  • Kathy Jackson, Senior Research Associate, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, Penn State University Park
  • Linda Schmidt, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park 

Contact:

Conrad Tucker Head ShotConrad Tucker
Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
213-N Hammond Building
University Park, PA 16802
ctucker4@psu.edu
(814) 865-7580

 


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