From Designing Education Lab
Lab Meeting Time and Topics
Spring Quarter 2015 - Lab Meeting on Tuesdays, 2:30p - 4:30p
Center for Design Research (560) on the second floor ... or via Skype (jinqu03)
|March 31||TBD||May 12||ASEE Practice|
|April 7|| TBD||May 19||ASEE Practice|
|April 14|| TBD||May 26||ASEE Practice|
|April 21|| TBD||June 2||ASEE Practice|
|April 28|| TBD||June 9||No Lab|
|May 5|| TBD|| || |
DEL Winter 2015 Undergraduate Researcher Opening
NOTE: Application review for this position is currently closed. Thank you for your interest!
The Designing Education Lab (DEL) led by Professor Sheri Sheppard is undertaking a large national study of engineering students' interests and goals surrounding innovation and entrepreneurship. This is a longitudinal survey project conducted as part of our work with the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (or Epicenter). The baseline survey will be launched in February 2015 to more than 20,000 engineering majors at upwards of 20-25 U.S. institutions.
Winter quarter research activities for hourly undergraduate researcher:
- (JAN-MAR) Enter and sort information (e.g., survey administration dates) in Excel; conduct analysis of information and develop mini-reports to share with larger team of researchers
- (JAN) Support the survey pilot process
- (FEB) Be involved in survey deployment activities using Limesurvey (e.g., checking response rates, fielding administration questions)
- (MAR) Participate in building the survey dataset - data "cleaning", data coding and re-coding, qualitative analysis of open-ended comments
- (JAN-MAR) Have fun with the team!
Approximate number of hours per week and hourly rate: 8-10 hours per week, at $15.00 per hour
- Stanford undergraduate majoring in an engineering discipline
- Facility with data entry in Excel and designing presentations in PowerPoint
- Prior experience with statistical software (e.g., SPSS, MatLab, R), qualitative analysis software (e.g., Dedoose), and/or online survey platforms (e.g., Limesurvey, Qualtrics) is preferred
- Interest in learning about survey-based research methods and online survey platforms
- Excitement about gaining insights into engineering undergraduates’ learning experiences and career pathways on a national level
The position would commence in January 2015. There is the possibility of an extension into the Spring and Summer as a long-term Undergraduate Research Opportunity.
ME Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) - 2014
The DEL SURI's had a productive (and fun!) summer. Pictured above, Autumn Turpin (left) and Anna Breed (right):
- Autumn Turpin - Introduction to Solid Mechanics: Project 2 - Optimizing Student Technical Writing
- Anna Breed - Designing Engineering Education: Scenarios, Entrepreneurship and Research
Autumn and Anna were assisted by Helen Chen, Peggy Boylan-Ashraf, Qu Jin, Mark Schar and Sheri Sheppard.
Epicenter Research Summit - August 4-5, 2014
The first Epicenter Research Summit was held on August 4 and 5, 2014, at Stanford University. This meeting convened top researchers in entrepreneurship, education, and engineering to present and discuss the latest work in the field. More than 70 faculty, administrators, staff, graduate students and undergraduate students gathered for two days of sessions, activities and community building. The sessions and discussions covered topics ranging from programs to curriculum to the role of students in research.
The meeting was hosted by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). Epicenter, funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), empowers undergraduate engineering students to bring their ideas to life for the benefit of our economy and society.
To review the agenda, see a list of attendees or download the presentations and posters, click on this link.
DEL @ ASEE June 2014
The papers presented included:
- Comparing Engineering and Business Undergraduate Students’ Entrepreneurial Interests and Characteristics Dr. Qu Jin (Stanford University), Dr. Shannon Katherine Gilmartin (Stanford University), Dr. Sheri D. Sheppard (Stanford University), and Dr. Helen L. Chen (Stanford University)
- Exploring Entrepreneurial Characteristics and Experiences of Engineering Alumni Miss Janna Rodriguez (Stanford University), Dr. Helen L. Chen (Stanford University), Dr. Sheri Sheppard (Stanford University), Dr. Qu Jin (Stanford University), and Ms. Samantha Ruth Brunhaver (Stanford University)
- Utilizing Concept Maps to Improve Engineering Course Curriculum in Teaching Mechanics Ruben Pierre-Antoine (Stanford University), Dr. Sheri D. Sheppard (Stanford University), and Dr. Mark Schar (Stanford University)
- Evaluation of Impact of Web-based Activities on Mechanics Achievement and Self-Efficacy Professor Sarah L. Billington (Stanford University), Dr. Sheri D. Sheppard (Stanford University), Professor Robert C Calfee (Graduate School of Education, Stanford University), and Dr. Peggy C. Boylan-Ashraf (Stanford University)
- Predicting Entrepreneurial Intent among Entry-Level Engineering Students Dr. Mark F. Schar (Stanford University), Dr. Sarah L. Billington (Stanford University), and Dr. Sheri D. Sheppard (Stanford University)
- Students' Perspectives on Homework and Problem Sets in STEM Courses Ms. Lea Marie Eaton (Stanford University), Dr. Sheri D. Sheppard (Stanford University), and Dr. Helen L. Chen (Stanford University)
- Supporting Change in Entrepreneurship Education: Creating a Faculty Development Program Grounded in Results from a Literature Review Sarah Giersch (Broad-based Knowledge), Dr. Flora P. McMartin (Broad-based Knowledge, LLC), Elizabeth Nilsen (National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)), Dr. Sheri Sheppard (Stanford University), and Mr. Phil Weilerstein (National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA))
- Does Teaching Matter? Factors that Influence High School Students’ Decisions on Whether to Pursue College STEM Majors Dr. Gary Lichtenstein (Quality Evaluation Designs), Dr. Martin L. Tombari (University of Texas, Austin), Dr. Sheri D. Sheppard (Stanford University), and Ms. Kaye Storm (Stanford University)
To download copies of these papers, visit this link.
A Foundation for Understanding Gender DifferencesHelena Scutt recently published a four-part series on understanding gender differences in STEM of the Stanford|Teaching Commons. This excellent resource is based on Helena's award-winning paper, Research-Informed Practices for Inclusive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Classrooms: Strategies for Educators to Close the Gender Gap, presented at the ASEE 2013 annual conference. The four parts include:
- A Foundation for Understanding Gender Differences
- Four Skills to Emphasize for STEM Students
- STEM Classroom Scaffolds
- Seven Practices to Improve Retention of Women in STEM
Congratulations to Helena!
NCIIA OPEN Conference - March 21-22, 2014
DEL members attended the NCIIA 18th annual conference, which is held in partnership with Engineering Pathways or Epicenter at Stanford University. Key presentations by DEL researchers included:
- Making Space for the Unknownd Future - Helen Chen and Robert Emery Smith
- Founding Stories of Engineering Education Entrepreneurship Programs: Research to Inform Practice - Carolyn Estrada, Helen Chen, Angela Shartrand and Sheri Sheppard
Shannon's Baby Bibliography Shower - February 5, 2014
Our beloved Shannon Gilmartin is having a baby! We celebrated with a baby shower featuring books for a new baby, presented with a bibliography for future reference. We wish Shannon and Jeff the best with their new arrival.
UPDATE: Jeffrey Arthur Cain, born 11:06 pm on 3.20.14 at a robust 9 lbs 8 oz, and 21 inches. "Mom and baby are both healthy, and all three of us are over the moon happy!"
ME Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) - 2013
The DEL SURI's had a productive (and fun!) summer. Pictured above, Lea Eaton (left) and Ruben Pierre-Anotine (right):
- Lea Eaton - Homework
- Ruben Pierre-Antoine - Beyond Engineering: Concept Maps and Value-Added Labs
Lea and Ruben were assisted by Helen Chen, Samanatha Brunhaver, Mark Schar and Sheri Sheppard.
ASEE Annual Conference - June 23-26, 2013
More than a dozen DEL members and colleagues attended the ASEE annual conference in Atlanta, GA -- our largest group yet! Congratulations to Dr. Mark Schar and team for winning the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Division's Best Teaching Strategies Paper Award, and to Samantha Brunhaver for winning one of five Educational Research Method Division Apprentice Faculty Grant Awards.
- Not All the Same: A Look at Early Career Engineers Employed in Different Sub-Occupations Samantha Brunhaver, Shannon Gilmartin, Helen Chen, Michelle Grau, Michelle Warner, & Sheri Sheppard
- Research-Informed Practices for Inclusive STEM Classrooms: Strategies to Close the Gender Gap - Helena Scutt, Shannon Gilmartin, Sheri Sheppard, & Samantha Brunhaver Presentation (Prezi in PDF form) + Paper
- Bending Moments to Business Models: Integrating an Entrepreneurship Case Study as Part of Core Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Mark Schar, Sheri Sheppard, Samantha Brunhaver and Mark Cuson Presentation in Pecha Kucha format conducted with Ruben Pierre-Antoine
DEL "Dreaming and Planning" Retreat - April 18, 2013
1) Share DEL-related research; findings, methods, passions
2) Further connect the local community working on engineering pathways questions
3) Discuss connections between the various projects
4) Identify gaps and opportunities in current pictures of pathways
- One Researcher’s Pathway through Engineering Education (Gary Lichtenstein)
- The work of the DEL through a series of lenses: New perspectives and insights (Helen Chen)
- Orange Juice and the Case Study Method (Mark Schar)
- Post-graduation Pathways: Backwards-engineering the undergraduate engineering experience (Samantha Brunhaver)
- Understanding ‘opportunity’ in engineering environments (Shannon Gilmartin)
- Young Entrepreneurs Study: Descriptive Analysis of Entrepreneurial Intention and Achievement (Heather Malin)
- Teacher Professional Development/RET (Kaye Storm)
- NSSE studies of engineering student outcomes and retention (relative to other college students) (Sheri Sheppard)
- NBER chapters (Sheri Sheppard)
- Shelley Goldman’s d.loft work (Sheri Sheppard)
- Helena Scutt’s gender equity in the classroom work (Sheri Sheppard)
- Impact of Interactive Web-based Activities on Mechanics Self-Efficacy and Achievement (Sarah Billington)
Small Group Work: Emerging Themes
- Theme 1: Recruitment: HS to college; college seniors to post-graduation: Career decision-making: consequences/experience
- Theme 2: Engineers, Engineering and Empathy (E3)
- Sheri Sheppard, Gary Lichtenstein, Shannon Gilmartin, Samanatha Brunhaver, Helen Chen, Mark Schar, Heather Malin, Kaye Storm, Sarah Billington and Anthony Antonio.
ME Women's Group
Middle School Robotics Tournament
ME Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) - 2012
The DEL SURI's had a productive (and fun!) summer. Pictured above, starting in the upper left, clockwise:
- Michelle Grau: PEARS School Reports
- Helena Scutt: Research-Informed Guidelines for Inclusive STEM Classrooms
- Alethea Atkins: Introduction to Solid Mechanics
- Rosalinda Cortez: A Qualitative Approach to Researching Engineering Education
- Mark Cuson: E-14 Truss Solver, E-14 Vector Math Modules, E-14, Delta Design Online, Longboard Case Study
- The 2012 SURI's with Professor Sheri Sheppard, Helen Chen and Samantha Brunhaver.
Epicenter Research Workshop - May 21, 2012
This research workshop was sponsored by Stanford's Technology Ventures Program (STVP) Epicenter and held on May 21, 2012 at Stanford University. The workshop explored current research on entrepreneurial skills and abilities with emphasis on undergraduate engineering students. The event was hosted by Sheri Sheppard and Shannon Gilmartin.
- Şenay Purzer of Purdue University, who presented a thought-provoking perspective on the nature of innovation and how to "see it live" in student's work;
- Nathalie Duval of Purdue University, who outlined a plan for big engineering schools to successfully create entrepreneurship programs (and measure the changes);
- Chuck Eesley of Stanford University, who shared his work on the institutional changes that can affect entrepreneurial outcomes, based on two large survey alumni studies;
- Bill Lucas of MIT, who presented a compelling case linking self-efficacy with entrepreneurship across a variety of settings, giving us very solid indexes and theoretical basis to build on;
- Bill Damon, Anne Colby, and Heather Malin of Stanford University, who are in the field with a gigantic Kauffman Foundation-sponsored project examining entrepreneurial activities among college-aged students;
- Mary Besterfield-Sacre of The University of Pittsburgh, who presented fascinating research on how innovation, entrepreneurship and design might be related, connected and measured;
- Lawrence Neeley of Olin College, who has rolled up his sleeves and is teaching design-innovation-entrepreneurship to first year students;
We definitely packed a lot into just one day. We shared interesting research, as well as a willingness to present engage in discussion, made it a very productive day. Locally, our next steps are compiling notes from the day, then starting to synthesize themes and candidate research treads. As these materials come together, we will post them in this area.