TNCC Professor to be Among Presenters at International Technology Conference in Hampton


Published: October 12, 2010

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC)  faculty member Michael Uenking will be among presenters at an international modeling and simulation (MODSIM) conference. Now in its fourth year, the MODSIM World Conference convenes Wednesday, October 13 through Friday, October 15 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton.

The conference is designed for the collaboration and transfer of modeling and simulation knowledge, new research, development and applied technology across public and private sectors, according to event organizers. Modeling and simulation is the proactive, hands-on approach to problem solving using the latest technology and engineering practices.

An Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at TNCC, Uenking is scheduled to present “Longitudinal Study: Efficacy of Online Technology Tools for Instructional Use” on Friday during the 9:30–10:45 a.m. breakout session titled “8: K-20 STEM MODSIM Pedagogy.” He will explore the assertion that “instructors and facilitators of learning can no longer rely solely on traditional lecture-based lesson formats. In order to achieve student academic success and satisfaction and to increase student retention, instructors must embrace various technology tools that are available and employ them in their lessons.”

“A longitudinal study (January 2009-June 2010) has been performed that encompasses the use of several technology tools in an instructional setting. The study provides further evidence that students not only like the tools that are being used, but prefer that these tools be used to help supplement and enhance instruction,” notes Uenking in his abstract.

Uenking, who joined the TNCC faculty in 2008, holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Old Dominion University as well as a Master’s degree in education from Grand Canyon University and an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.

A detailed schedule for the MODSIM World Conference and more information is available at: http://www.modsimworldconference.com/track_education.html#08.

For more information about TNCC’s  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics offerings, visit www.tncc.edu.



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