(550g) Optimizing National Dissemination and Use of Low-Cost Desktop Learning Modules

Dahlke, K. - Presenter, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Van Wie, B. J., Washington State University
Burgher Gartner, J., Cambell University
Adesope, O., Washington State University
Thiessen, D. B., Washington State University
Dutta, P., Washington State University
Kaiphanliam, K., Washington State University
Reynolds, O., Washington State University
Khan, A. I., Washington State University
Low-Cost Desktop Learning Modules (LC-DLM), developed at Washington State University (WSU), are hands-on modules that are used in conjunction with traditional lectures, such that students can see for themselves the real-world effects of the concepts and theories that they are learning in class. Prior work at WSU has demonstrated that LC-DLMs are effective at increasing students’ understanding of the concepts. We have taken steps to spread the use of these LC-DLMs to other universities and have developed a combination of technological tools, as well as a national “hub and spoke” method in order to facilitate the use of these DLMs at other institutions. We have developed a comprehensive webpage that includes online video demonstrations, worksheets, assessments, and frequently asked questions to stimulate implementation of LC-DLMs and minimize potential barriers to adoption. Additionally, hub coordinators have attended the first dissemination workshop at WSU and will take the training and information they received to advance LC-DLM use at their home institutions. At least one workshop will be held each year at a different “hub” institution, where individuals from “spoke” institutions will learn how to use LC-DLMs effectively in their classroom from hub coordinators and representatives from WSU. Lessons learned from workshop coordinators and feedback from participants, such as the need for clear step-by-step instructions and different strategies for developing a control group, will be shared to assist others in developing parallel strategies for propagating the use of new instructional approaches.