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The College of Science, Engineering and Technology offers degree programs that prepare students for high-demand professions in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. With an emphasis on Grand Canyon University’s Christian worldview, our college believes in instilling social awareness, responsibility, ethical character and compassion. Our blog, BrainSTEM, focuses on topics related to science, engineering and technology, with engaging contributions from students, staff and faculty. On the blog, you can find helpful resources relating to STEM fields and learn more about current events occurring globally, locally and within GCU. We hope to provide our readers with information that helps them learn about the necessary knowledge, skills and mental disciplines to succeed in today’s job market.
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By Gianni De Bruyn
MBA Student, Colangelo College of Business

How many times have you thought about picking up a new skill, whether it is perfecting your jump shot to mimic Michael Jordan’s or learning a new language, in order to make yourself more marketable? If you are like me, then you have started this process multiple times. But after less than satisfactory results or progression, you decided to give up or allocate more time to it later.

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By Kathryn Scott, MEd
Director, Strategic Educational Alliances 

Computer science is woven into the fabric of our culture and used in almost every field, driving job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. According to an article on LinkedIn, computing occupations are the number one source of all new wages in the U.S., making computer science one of the most in-demand college degrees.

Yet, a 2015 Gallup poll found that about 91 percent of our K-12 parents want their child’s school to teach computer science, but according to a 2016 Gallup poll, only 40 percent of the schools teach it. 

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By Isac Artzi, PhD
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

The challenge presented in part 1 of this blog can be addressed by an algorithm I developed as part of my ongoing research on learning styles. It is illustrated in the flowchart below.

A particular learner is measured on n different learning characteristics, p1, p2 … pn. For illustration purposes, the profile used in the flowchart is a learner whose profile consists of a visual ability rated at 2, audio ability of 8, expressive ability of 6 and technical ability of 9.

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By Isac Artzi, PhD
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology

There are many challenges in the process of designing online instruction that address a students’ unique and diverse learning styles. A main challenge is that learning styles are assumed to be static in most, if not all, assessment tests.

The reason this is a problem is that a one-time learning style assessment does not take into account situational, psychological and educational changes over time. The second part is that learning management systems (LMS) present content without being mindful of individual learning preferences. For example, visual students need more visual content and textual students need the content to be presented as text. When LMS content presentation is based on a one-time learning style assessment, or worse, on the assumption that all learners should receive the same presentation media, this is problematic.

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By Ilse Kremer, MA, MS
Faculty, College of Science, Engineering and Technology 

Do you tend to stay awake late into the night, and have trouble getting up in the morning?

Well, a tired mind may not be your fault at all, depending on your age.

As I tell my students in anatomy lab while we study the various glands of the endocrine system, there are hormonal mechanisms going on in your body that are largely beyond your control.

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Technology is a key part of any business – and this dependence on technology is expected to be a key economic driver across all industries in the U.S. The jobs of tomorrow have yet to be conceived, though the skillset required to flourish in this unknown environment exists today.

Grand Canyon University has responded to the demand for these specialized skills with degree programs from the College of Science, Engineering and Technology that prepare people to work and advance in the technology field. Our goal is to create programs that are not focused on the way things have been done in the past. We instead formed our programs by incorporating the perspectives of key industry leaders.

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