Joshua A. Enszer
- Assistant Professor of Instruction
University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware 19716
- Doctorate - 2010 University of Notre Dame
- Masters - 2008 University of Notre Dame
- Bachelors - 2005 Michigan Technological Univerisity
"The goal of my work is to develop mechanisms for increasing student engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The current components of this work supplement my instructional strategies in undergraduate engineering courses: game-based learning and metacognitive exercises.
Game-based learning (GBL) has been developing since the 1990s as a new way to engage students, teaching using games or game-like environments. On a smaller scale, "gamification," or the implementation of components of games in the classroom, has been shown to increase student engagement, motivation, and attitudes toward learning.
Metacognition, or thinking about thinking, is known to improve learning ability. By providing exercises for students to think about how they learn and what they are learning, students can better articulate what they know and update their personal study strategies."
- J. A. Enszer, "The Solve-Personalize-Integrate-Think Approach in the Process Control Classroom", Proceedings of the 2016 ASEE Annual Meeting (2016)
- C. A. Bodnar, D. Anastasio, J. A. Enszer, and D. D. Burkey, "Engineers at Play: Games as Teaching Tools for Undergraduate Engineering Students", J Eng Educ. 105, 147, (2016)
- J. A. Enszer, D. A. Maces, and M.A. Stadtherr, "Probability Bounds Analysis for Nonlinear Population Ecology Models", Math Biosci. 267, 97, (2015)
- M. Castellanos and J. A. Enszer, "Promoting Metacognition through Writing Exercises in Chemical Engineering", Proceedings of the 2015 ASEE Annual Meeting (2015)
- J. A. Enszer, "A Course in Problem Solving with Experimental Design", Proceedings of the 2014 ASEE Annual Meeting (2014)
- J. A. Enszer and M. Castellanos, "A Comparison of Peer Evaluation Methods in Capstone Design", Proceedings of the 2013 ASEE Annual Meeting (2013)
- M. Castellanos and J. A. Enszer, "Promoting Metacognition through Reflection Exercises in a Thermodynamics Course", Proceedings of the 2013 ASEE Annual Meeting (2013)
- J. A. Enszer, V. E. Goodrich, and R. B. Getman, "Improvements in Computational Methods Courses in Chemical Engineering", Proceedings of the 2012 ASEE Annual Meeting (2012)
- J. A. Enszer, J. A. Kuczenski, K. L. Meyers, J. B. Brockman, and M.J. McCready, "Electronic Portfolios in Academic Advising, Self-Guided Learning, and Self-Assessment", Proceedings of the 2011 ASEE Annual Meeting (2011)
- J. A. Enszer, Y. Lin, S. Ferson, G. F. Corliss, and M. A. Stadtherr, "Probability Bounds Analysis for Nonlinear Dynamic Process Models", AIChE J. 57, 404, (2011)