Collaborative Support Tools for Engineering Problem Solving

Generate tools to support undergraduate engineering students to develop collaborative skills through sketching activities.
Research assistant & designer
Designed and developed a synchronized collaborative software that allowed students to create shared representations during their collaborative activities and reflect on their work within the group and whole class presentations.
Lawrence, L. (2020). The design process of a collaborative orchestration tool and its implications for instructor uptake. [Doctoral dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.  [pdf]
Mercier, E., Paquette, L., Bosch, N., Lawrence, L., & Shehab, S. (2020). The development and implementation of an orchestration tool based on live action log data. Paper accepted at the American Educational Research Association, San Fransisco, CA, USA, April 17-21, 2020. Accepted, by cancelled due to COVID-19.
Shehab, S., Lawrence, L., Livingston, L., Margotta, A., & Mercier, E. (2020). Towards the effective implementation of collaborative problem solving in undergraduate engineering classrooms: Co-designing guidelines for teaching assistants. Paper accepted to the American Society for Engineering Education, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 21-24, 2020.  [link]  [pdf]
Lawrence, L. & Mercier, E. (2019). Co-design of an orchestration tool: Supporting engineering teaching assistants as they facilitate collaborative learning. Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal, (42), 111- 130.  [link]  [pdf]

Lawrence, L., Shehab, S., Livingston, L., & Margotta, A. (2019). Collaborative teaching sequence: A guide for teachers. CoLearnLab Resources. www.colearnlab.org/resources

Lawrence, L. & Shehab, S. (2019). Integrating technology to support teachers’ monitoring and intervention strategies during collaborative activities. Paper presented at the Graduate Student Conference, Champaign, IL, March 8, 2019.

Lawrence, L. & Mercier, E. (2017). Designing visualizations to monitor collaboration in engineering discussion sessions. In Vogel, C. & Muratovski, G. (Eds.), Re: Research. Cincinnati, OH: International Association of Societies of Design Research.  [poster]

The synchronized technology allows group members to contribute to the same drawing space and draw together to develop one solution to the task. Each student works on a tablet that allows them to draw, erase, highlight and undo, as well as see their other group members location on the pages through the scroll bar.
Three classes used the tool during their courses over four weeks.
Multiple iterations have been made of the tool over time; the same tool has been used in later iterations of this project where tools were built to support teaching assistants through visualizations and live prompts.

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LuEttaMae Lawrence, Ph.D.

luemlawrence [at] gmail.com

llawrenc [at] andrew.cmu.edu

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