Current Projects

Research: Evidencing Epidemic Change in Engineering Education: Shedding Light on Instructor Adaptability and Course Complexity for Sustained Change

Project PI's: Drs. Heidi Diefes-Dux & Grace Panther

Amount and Years: $349,997, 2021 - 2024

Funding: National Science Foundation Award #2105156

The objective of this project will be to investigate and document the effects of COVID-19 on engineering faculty’s teaching practices and sustained use of a wide array of teaching practices and strategies (WATPS) relative to their adaptability and course complexity. Outcomes from this work include a typology of teaching complexity, knowledge of instructor adaptability, and rich descriptions of course complexity trends. These outcomes will help inform a Program of Tiered Commitments that engineering colleges, departments, and faculty developers can use to support instructors’ adoption of best teaching practices

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RAPID: Faculty Adaptability and Community Engagement when Teaching in a Crisis

Project PI's: Drs. Grace Panther & Heidi Diefes-Dux

Amount and Years: $224,572, 2020 - 2022

Funding: National Science Foundation Award #2027471

Abstract: The alarming spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a national emergency. Many universities announced in mid-March 2020 that all courses taught in classrooms will be delivered online for the remainder of the semester. RAPID response funding enables real-time documentation of the faculty experience during this crisis and helps explain the results of studies of teacher-design instruction generated during the COVID-19 event. The results of this study will help future efforts to build supports of individual faculty development with teaching.

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Improving Engineering Student Engagement, Self-Efficacy, Diversity Awareness, and Retention using Visualization and Virtual/Augmented Reality Technologies

Project PI's: Drs. Ece Erdogmus (Georgia Tech), Heidi Diefes-Dux, Erica Ryherd, Kyungki Kim, & Catherine Armwood-Gordon (Tennessee State University)

Amount and Years: $1,700,000, 2021 - 2026

Funding: National Science Foundation Award #2111561

Abstract: This project serves the national interest by creating visualization and augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) education modules in architectural engineering and construction (AEC) courses that will help improve students’ persistence in the program, self-confidence, and diversity awareness.

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