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Modeling a Flat Learning Environment as a Social Network to Understand Effects of Peer-to-Peer Information Exchange on Learning

[+] Author Affiliations
Zahed Siddique

University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Gül E. Okudan Kremer

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Firas Akasheh

Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL

Paper No. DETC2014-34973, pp. V003T04A029; 12 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 16th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 11th International Conference on Design Education; 7th Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4634-6
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


In this paper we present a technology assisted flat learning environment, Teaching to Learn (TeatoL), that capitalizes on the research findings on linkages between higher-order thinking and peer-learning. Within TeatoL students are introduced to a “flatter” instructional environment; all participants have dual roles as students and instructors who are embedded in a collaborative environment where all learn collectively from each other’s experiences, even the instructor. The main objective of this paper is to understand flat learning environment as a social network. The focus is on peer learning mode, where students are instructors to share their experience and then learn from fellow student instructors. In this paper, we present our initial analysis of a flat learning environment, implemented at the University of Oklahoma, as a network. The participants in the learning environment were given an open design problem related to sheet metal forming. We close the paper with observations from our initial implementations on peer-learning as a network.

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