Ray Luechtefeld

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The rapidly changing environments of today's dynamic world demand effective problem solving. This is especially vital for people in the fields of math and science, because of rapid changes in technology and computing power. Much of the work in problem solving occurs in dyads, where two individuals come together to share information and tasks; but working(More)
– Engineering students acquire both conceptual and procedural knowledge as part of their education. While conceptual knowledge, such as understanding why certain design practices are required or having knowledge of the general principles of engineering development, is essential, procedural knowledge to enact specific engineering practices is also needed.(More)
This article reports on a grounded theory study into the effects of virtual facilitation on team communication, a critical professional skill for engineering students. Facilitation may assist in that process because it encourages information sharing in order to promote effective teamwork. To aid in online team communications, a virtual facilitator has been(More)
While research continues to grow in the area of facilitation, engineers continue to focus on enhancing their technical knowledge base. Training is seldom directed at increasing non-technical skills. We investigate the use of virtual facilitation based on the facilitation framework of Chris Argyris to determine if its use leads to acceptable solutions and(More)
– This paper aims to explore some of the professional skills engineering students require, namely leadership, communication, and teamwork. An important tool that may aid in developing those skills is facilitation, a process that encourages information sharing and clear communication, which provides more opportunities for team members to better collaborate.(More)
In the modern organization, work is increasingly organized around teams. One important aspect of collaborative team work is information seeking. However, there is little empirical understanding of how team members collaborate to find needed information. The purpose of this research is to better understand collaborative information seeking (CIS) through a(More)
Engineering students are very well versed in the fields of science and mathematics; however, the successful engineering student must also build their communication skills to prepare for their work on collaborative projects. Study is needed to determine if exposure to communication intervention strategies will enhance these professional skills of engineers(More)
– Technology continues to change en evolve in amazing ways. The use of technology is also evolving at a dizzying pace. The way virtual environments are being used continues to challenge the norm in education. The questions driving this research study centers around the use of emotive language and emoticons in the written communication in a virtual(More)