Publications and Presentations

STEM Learning

Hotaling, L., Lowes, S., Stolkim, R. & Lin, P. (2012). “SENSE IT: Teaching STEM Principles to Middle and High School Students Through the Design, Construction and Deployment of Water Quality Sensors,” Advances in Engineering Education 3 (2). Online at: http://advances.asee.org/vol03/issue02/index.cfm.

McGrath, E.W., Lowes, S., McKay, M., Sayres, J., & Lin, P. (2012). “Robots Underwater! Learning Science, Engineering and 21st Century Skills: The Evolution of Curricula, Professional Development and Research in Formal and Informal Contexts.” In B. Barker, G. Nugent, N. Grandgenett, and V.I., Adamchuk, eds., Robotics in K-12 Education (Hershey, PA: IGI Global).

McGrath, E. W., Lowes, S. (2011). “Infusing Non-Traditional Engineering Projects into Traditional Classrooms: Where Do They Fit? How Are They Assessed?” Paper presented at the ASEE 2011 Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, Canada, July.

Hotaling, L., Stokim, R., Lowes, S. et al. (2011). “Student-Created Water Quality Sensors.” Paper presented at the ASEE 2011 Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, Canada, July. (Best paper Honorable Mention.)

Macalalag, A.Z., Tirthali, D., McGrath, E., McKay, M., & Lowes, S. (2011). “Teacher Professional Development Programs in Grades 3-8: Promoting Teachers’ and Students’ Content Knowledge in Science and Engineering.” Paper presented at the National Science Foundation’s Mathematics and Science Partnerships Learning Network Conference, Washington, D.C.

Macalalag, A., Lowes, S., Guo, K., and McKay, M. (2010). “Teacher Professional Development in Grades 3-5: Fostering Teachers’ and Students’ Content Knowledge in Science and Engineering.” Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Louisville, KY, June.

McGrath, B., Lowes, S., Sayres, J., and Lin, P. (2010). “Infusing Non-Traditional Engineering Projects into Traditional Classrooms: Where Do They Fit? How Are They Assessed?” Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Louisville, KY, June.

Macalalag, A.Z., Lowes, S., Guo, K., Tirthali, D., McKay., M., and McGrath, E. (2010). “Advancing Science and Engineering in Elementary Schools: Fostering Teachers’ Knowledge and Scientific Inquiry.” Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March.

Macalalag, A., Lowes, S., Guo, K., and McKay, M. (2009) “Promoting Scientific Inquiry Through Innovative Science and Engineering Curricula in Grades 3 – 5.” Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Austin, TX, June 2009.

McGrath, E., Lowes, S., Lin, P., Sayres, J. (2009). “Analysis of Middle- and High-School Students’ Learning of Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Concepts Through an Lego Underwater Robotics Design Challenge.” Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, June 2009.

McGrath, E., Sayres, J., Lowes, S., Lin, P. (2008). “Underwater LEGO Robotics as the Vehicle to Engage Students in STEM: The BUILD IT Project’s First Year of Classroom Implementation.” Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Mid-Atlantic, Hoboken, NJ, October 2008.

McGrath, E., Lowes, S., et al. (2008). “Build-IT: Building Middle and High School Students’ Understanding of Engineering, Science, and IT Through Underwater Robotics.” Paper presented at the 2008 American Society for Engineering Education Conference, July.

McGrath, E., Lowes, S., Lin, P., Sayres, J., Hotaling, L., Stolkin, R. (2008). “Build IT: Building Middle and High School Students’ Understanding of Engineering, Science and IT through Underwater Robotics.” >i>American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings, Pittsburgh, PA, pp. 2008-781.

Scarlatos, L., Sklar, E., & Lowes, S. (2008). “Building Bridges: The 2006 Summer Institute.” Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges 23 (3), pp. 23-30.

McKay, M., Lowes, S., McGrath, E., et al. (2007). Use of Real-World Data and Information in the Classroom: Evolution of a K-14 Teacher Preparation Model. Phoenix, AZ: The League for Innovation in the Community College. (Research funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education.)

McKay, M., Lowes, S., and McGrath, E. (2006). “Do ‘Real World’ Learning Objects Make a Difference?” In C. Crawford et al. (eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2006 (pp. 2975-2980). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. (Research funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education.)

Online Teaching and Learning

Lowes, S. & Lin, P. (2014). “Using LMS Data as an Early Warning Signal in Online Courses.” Paper presented at the Society for Information Technology in Education (SITE) Conference, Jacksonville, FL, March 2014.

Lowes, S. 2014. “How Much “Group” Is There in Online Group Work?” Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks 18 (1). Online at http://sloanconsortium.org/jaln/v18n1/how-much-group-there-online-group-work

Lowes, S. & Willoughby, J. 2013. “Learning to Learn Online: Using Locus of Control to Help Students Become Successful Online Learners.” Presentation to the International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida, 29 October.

Lowes, S., Hamilton, G., Hochstetler, V. & Paek, S. (2013). “Teaching Communication to Medical Students in a Virtual World.” The Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy, 3. Online at http://jitp.commons.gc.cuny.edu/teaching-communication-skills-to-medical-students-in-a-virtual-world/.

“Recent Research on Online Teaching and Learning: Implications for Practice,” panels organized for the 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007 meetings of the Virtual School Symposium of the North American Council for Online Learning.

Lowes, S. (2010). “Beyond the Counts: Teacher Beliefs and Teaching Styles in Asynchronous Online Classrooms.” Paper presented at the Virtual School Symposium of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), Phoenix, AZ, November.

Lowes, S. (2010) “The Teacher as Migrant: How Teaching Online Can Change Classroom Practice.” Distance Learning (US Distance Learning Association publication), June 2010.

Lowes, S. (2008). “What Works in Creating Student-to-Student Interaction in Online Courses.” Presentation at the Advancing Online Learning Conference, Manchester, New Hampshire, April.

Lowes, S. (2008). “Online Teaching and Classroom Change: The Trans-Classroom Teacher in the Age of the Internet.” Innovate: Journal of Online Education, 4 (3), February/March. (Research funded by the U.S. Department of Education to Learning Point Associates.)

Lowes, S., Lin, P., and Wang, Y. (2007). “Studying the Effectiveness of the Discussion Forum in Online Professional Development Courses.” Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 6 (3).<http://www.ncolr.org/jiol/>

Lowes, S. “Trends in Professional Development for K-12 Virtual Schools.” (2007). Chapter in C. Cavanaugh and R. Blomeyer, eds., What Works in K-12 Online Learning? Washington, DC: The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Geography Learning

Lowes, S. (2009). “Mapping the World: Freehand Mapping and Children’s Understanding of Geography Concepts.” Research on Geography Education, Winter. (Research funded by the National Geographic Education Fund.) (For a pdf version of this article, click here)

Lowes, S. (2008). “Freehand Mapping and the Use of GeoGames to Improve Students’ Understanding of the World.” Paper presented at the National Conference on Geography Education, Dearborn, MI, October. (Research funded by the National Geographic Education Foundation.)