Nat Hunsu

Nat Hunsu
University of Georgia | UGA · Electrical and Computer

Ph.D.

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced universities to suspend face-to-face instruction, prompting a rapid transition to online education. As many lab courses transitioned online, this provided a rare window of opportunity to learn about the challenges and affordances that the online lab experiences created for students and instructors. We present results fr...
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The Academic Resilience Scale (ARS) was developed to measure resilience factors in educational contexts. However, there is no clarity on whether the scale could be used as a measure of unidimensional academic resilience scores or just to obtain multidimensional academic resilience factors. How a scale is scored can affect the validity of inferences...
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Resilience is an important life skill that most students need to overcome setbacks caused by academically adverse factors. However, engineering educators mostly only focus on supporting students to develop cognitive or technical skills. This article introduces academic resilience as a theoretical framework to investigate how students respond to aca...
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Development of the 3 × 2 achievement goal questionnaire (AGQ) advanced approach and avoidance goals in three goal types within the achievement goal framework: task-, self-, and other-based. The purpose of the present study was to examine empirical support for the construct validity, reliability, and measurement invariance of factors on the question...
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Despite the growing interest in educational virtual reality (VR) technologies, very few studies have holistically examined the state of research-based cognitive principles used in virtual learning environments. We report a systematic review of relevant literature on research-based cognitive principles in virtual environments in this work-in-progres...
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This study investigates the validity evidence of the 3 X 2 achievement goal measure using confirmatory factor analysis. Specifically, we sought to explore indicators of discriminant validity to determine whether there was empirical evidence to separate the approach and avoidance valence for the task, self, and other achievement goal types. Overall,...
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This paper describes a novel institutional change model, embodied in the Engineering Education Transformations Institute at the University of Georgia, that was intentionally designed to build community and expertise around scholarly teaching and learning in engineering education. The model is informed by several theoretical constructs, including co...
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Background Evidence shows that students who are actively engaged with learning materials demonstrate greater learning gains than those who are passively engaged. Indeed, cognitive engagement is often cited as a critical component of an educational experience. However, understanding how and in what ways cognitive engagement occurs remains a challeng...
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Resilience is an essential psychological construct in response to life stressors. Being resilient is essential for student engagement, class performance, and future career success. While the Connor Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC) has been identified as a reliable resilience instrument, it has not been studied within the engineering education co...
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Over the past two decades, there has been a significant increase in the production of engineering education research. Many scholars argue, however, that there remains a gap between research and practice. Some studies attribute this gap to a focus on the dissemination of evidence-based practices, as opposed to working with instructors to adapt evide...
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Prior studies have identified the importance of resilience to success both in life and in the workplace. Resilience is also a valued professional skill for academic achievement and student retention in cognitively demanding disciplines such as engineering. However, only limited efforts have been made to characterize how resilience impacts the acade...
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Instructors often try out innovative interventions (INTRs) in their classrooms to promote student engagement and learning interest. While such efforts are commendable, thinking through how individual and environmental characteristics influence interest development in learners is crucial to meeting such teaching objectives. In this study, we examine...
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This study describes the development and validation of the Postsecondary Student Engagement (PosSE) Survey, an inventory designed to assess indicators of affective engagement associated with student disposition toward their academic discipline, career and themselves, other students, and faculty. The PosSE Survey was developed to elucidate the relat...
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This study used a between-subjects experimental design to examine the effects of three different computer-based instructional strategies (concept map, refutation text, and expository scientific text) on science learning. Concept maps are node-link diagrams that show concepts as nodes and relationships among the concepts as labeled links. Refutation...
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Audience Response Systems (ARS) are thought to be a good way of using technology to increase engagement in the classroom and have been widely adopted by many instructors seeking to improve academic performance through student engagement. While researchers have examined the degree to which they promote cognitive and non-cognitive learning outcomes i...
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With the increasing popularity of computers in learning and instruction, it is evident that students are no longer doing much pen-and-paper writing in the classroom. Since most academic work is done on computers, handwriting any piece of academic work is tacitly becoming foreign to students. As such, their placement writing assessments, too, should...
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Students-centered paradigms have been proposed as beneficial to promoting enriching learning experiences. In an attempt to improve student learning experience in engineering classrooms, instructors often employ innovative strategies to foster learning engagement. One such approach is Cooperative Hands-on Active Problem-based Learning (CHAPL). CHAPL...
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Various reports have been published during the past decade highlighting a wide range of problems with engineering curricula, especially the lecture-dominated form of transmitting core engineering concepts to students. Researchers have called for active learning approaches for teaching engineering courses. However, little is known about the effects...
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Enrollment into online education has been on the rise in the last two decades. Besides, advances in technologies that support online programs have made online learning appealing to higher education leaders. However, research reports on student attritions reveal the drop-out rate is higher in online programs. Student engagement is a very important f...

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The recent developments in immersive XR technology (e.g. in terms of quality, costs, and access) play a major role for a wide-spread educational transformation, especially for the 21st-century engineering education. To achieve this transformation the need for well-grounded highly collaborative research in this novel cross-disciplinary area of instructional design is obvious as well as pressing. This research will generate fundamental knowledge to enrich all participating domains and at the same time transform the way we educate engineers for the 21st century at universities and in industry. At UGA and the College of Engineering with its unique profile, we see the opportunity to serve as a nucleus for this transformation university-wide and nationwide. The purpose of the proposed work is to build a nationally connected network with UGA as its center to subsequently generate substantive additional future extramural funding from and with industry as well as partners in academia.
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The ProQual Institute (PQI) is designed to implement a novel, problem-led, research quality-focused approach to developing STEM education research capacity. The approach starts with the problem, idea, or general topic of interest, and researchers are then guided to identify and visually map a “social reality” of interest to articulate clear and purposeful research questions and to inform a coherent use of theoretical frameworks to undergird the study. Based on understanding the scope and nature of the research object, participants will be guided to explore appropriate methodological frameworks and methods that can be used to investigate that social reality and answer the research questions.
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This project will leverage the development and deployment of online labs and integrated online instruction modules to investigate the impact of using an exclusively online instructional mode for a fundamental electrical and computer engineering laboratory course. To reach this goal, the project will answer the following three research questions: A) How do faculty experience a top-down mandated, time-constrained, and rapid transition to exclusively online-based laboratory modules in engineering courses along the continuum of resistance towards the wholesale embrace of educational technologies? B) How does exclusively online laboratory instruction and online experimentation impact students’ learning experiences in terms of engagement, investigated through self-regulation and motivation? C) What user experience factors influence the success of introducing exclusively online experimentation activities into engineering courses and curricula?