From Practice to Publication:
​An Introduction to Conducting and Publishing Engineering Education Research

Presented by Daria Kotys-Schwarz and Sarah Zappe


Many faculty members implement new or interesting educational practices in their classrooms and wonder how to get the results of these innovations published at conferences or in journals.  The purpose of this interactive workshop is to introduce engineering faculty to the process of conducting classroom-based research and publish findings in appropriate venues.  Attendees will have ample opportunity to discuss their research ideas with others and will leave the workshop with a concrete plan of action for moving their research forward.

Learning Outcomes

After attending the workshop, attendees will be able to:

- Write a research question for an area that interests them
- Describe basic approaches (qualitative versus quantitative) for collecting and analyzing data
- Identify a publication source most appropriate for their research
- Identify basic human subjects research (IRB) requirements
- Write a plan for the next steps in their research project

Dates and Times

This workshop will be facilitated in two half-day sessions. You are expected to attend both days if you register for the workshop.

Dates:  Tuesday May 23, 2017 and Wednesday May 24, 2017

Times:  8:00 am – 12:00 (lunch provided both days)

Faculty who complete the two ½ day sessions will receive $100.00 to their PD Funds to facilitate your efforts in Engineering Education research.

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Science of Teaching and Learning Workshop

Dr. Sarah Zappe is Senior Research Associate and Director of Assessment and Instructional Support in the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education at Penn State.  She holds a doctoral degree in educational psychology emphasizing applied measurement and testing.  In her position, Sarah is responsible for developing instructional support programs for faculty, providing evaluation support for educational proposals and projects, and working with faculty to publish educational research. Her research interests primarily involve creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship education.

Dr. Daria Kotys-Schwartz is the Director of the Idea Forge—a flexible, cross-disciplinary design space at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is also the Design Center Colorado Director of Undergraduate Programs and a Senior Instructor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She received B.S. and M.S degrees in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. Kotys-Schwartz has focused her research in engineering student learning, retention, and student identity development within the context of engineering design. She is currently investigating the transition of engineering students from academia to industry, performing comparative studies between engineering education and professional design practices, examining holistic approaches to student retention, and exploring informal learning in engineering education.