EdTech’s Dazhi Yang presented two papers at the5th Conference on Creative Education in Beijing in late May.
She co-authored one paper with engineering colleague Dr. Inanc Senocak, entitled Another Way of Thinking Toward Difficult Engineering and Science Concepts. The paper discussed outside-the-box ways of thinking and learning challenging engineering concepts and processes, such as temperature and pressure, and heat transfer. Both this paper and Dr. Yang’s travel to the CCE 2015 were funded by theNational Science Foundation.
The second paper—co-authored with Ed Tech colleague Jesus Trespalacios and engineering professor Kirsten Davis—was titled: An Exploration of College Students’ Problems with Construction-related Math Skills. This study reported the diagnosis and categorization of college engineering students’ common construction math problems. It also provides suggestions as to how to improve teaching and learning in this academic discipline.
During the Beijing conference, Dr. Yang also chaired a session on “Creative Education” that consisted of 15 papers representing more than 10 countries and regions.
Dr. Yang co-authored a paper with phycology professor Kimberly Hardy and Louis
Nadelson of Utah State University. The paper—titled I Like Therefore I Learn! Engineering Student Motivation to Learn in Their Least and Most Favorite Courses—was nominated for the Best Paper Award by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) at its mid-June meeting in Seattle.