BIRD Current Research Projects

Overview

The building blocks of prosthetics come in many materials, shapes, and sizes. To create lightweight yet sturdy prosthetics, we explore 3D printing in plastic, carbon fiber, steel, and titanium. In addition, we investigate different methods of actuation such as miniature 3D printed gearboxes for fingers and twisted coil polymers. While some of these parts may look like something out of Star Wars, these are more than just computer-generated images. These prosthetics are real and they work for real people.  

Rasch Analysis of the COI Questionnaire

Date: 9/28/20
Student Researchers: Janice Thorpe

This presentation focused on the principal questionnaire used to examine online learning known as the Community of Inquiry (CoI) questionnaire (Caskurlu, 2018; Diaz, Swan, Ice, & Kupczynski, 2010; Shea et al., 2014) using Rasch model analysis.  Ensuring high quality online education requires confirmation that the instrument used to examine online courses is composed of valid indicators of the construct being studied.  Examining the characteristics of students who enroll in online courses and how they engage with the CoI questionnaire, is critical to high quality online instruction.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Rasch Analysis of the COI Questionnaire

Date: 9/28/20
Student Researchers: Janice Thorpe

This presentation focused on the principal questionnaire used to examine online learning known as the Community of Inquiry (CoI) questionnaire (Caskurlu, 2018; Diaz, Swan, Ice, & Kupczynski, 2010; Shea et al., 2014) using Rasch model analysis.  Ensuring high quality online education requires confirmation that the instrument used to examine online courses is composed of valid indicators of the construct being studied.  Examining the characteristics of students who enroll in online courses and how they engage with the CoI questionnaire, is critical to high quality online instruction.