Mark Urban-Lurain

Curriculum Vitae

 

urban@msu.edu
www.msu.edu/~urban

428 S. Shaw Lane
1410 B Engineering
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI  48824

517-432-2108

Education

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Michigan State University, (2000) Curriculum and research emphasis: Cognition and technology.  Dissertation: Teaching for Fluency with Information Technology: An Evaluative Study

M. A., Multidisciplinary Social Science, Michigan State University, (1981) Curriculum emphasis: Statistics, research design and computer modeling. 

B. A., TV and Radio, Michigan State University, (1972) 

Experience

Associate Professor & Associate Director, Center for Engineering Education Research, Undergraduate Studies Office, College of Engineering, Michigan State University, 2011 - present.

Teaching and research with a focus on STEM education and research.

Mentor future STEM faculty focusing on professional development for scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).

The broad thrust of my research is improving undergraduate STEM teaching and learning. For more information and links to my research projects, see my homepage.

Director of Instructional Technology Research and Development, Division of Science and Mathematics Education, Michigan State University, 2002 to 2011. 

Provide vision, direction, planning and implementation regarding the use of technology in instruction of mathematics and science by:

  1. Leading efforts in assessment, evaluation, and research in the use of technology in instruction;
  2. Seeking funding and resources (grants, partnerships, etc.) for innovations and study on the use of technology in instruction;
  3. Evaluating software development projects within the DSME and the College of Natural Science;
  4. Assessing new technologies and their potential for instruction;
  5. Developing programs to assist faculty/staff in the use and integration of technology in instructional programs;
  6. Establishing collaborations with other colleges to build coherence and coordination among efforts to use technology in instruction.

Academic Specialist: Instructor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan State University, 1997 to 2002.

CSE 101: Computing Concepts and Competencies, an introductory computing course for non-CS majors.  CSE 101 combines active, collaborative learning with mastery-model performance-based assessment to promote retention and enhance transfer.  The course enrolls 1950 students from 67 university departments each semester.  For more information see www.cse.msu.edu/~cse101

  • Conceived, designed and implemented a problem-based, collaborative learning course curriculum and instructional design, including all instructional materials and daily lesson plans.  Design was based on extensive review of educational psychology theory, comparable courses at other universities and interviews with the chairs of the 67 university departments whose students would take the course.
  • To address the rapidly changing technology, incoming student experience and changing client department needs, the course was designed for ongoing content revision. Revise course content each semester based on input from the client departments, extensive feedback from teaching staff, surveys of student incoming experience and analysis of student performance on the assessments.
  • Created modified mastery-model, performance-based assessment instruments called Bridge Tasks (see publications). Directed the design, creation, maintenance and operation of the software infrastructure necessary to create, administer and evaluate over 14,000 Bridge Tasks each semester.
  • Managed course Web site containing all course materials for students and staff. It contains over 3000 pages and receives over 4,000,000 hits annually.
  • Coordinated one of the first custom-published textbooks in the country, designed in partnership among MSU, Hartcourt-Brace/Dryden, IBM, NetPub, and Champion Paper. 
  • Instituted MSU's first on-line Student Instructional Rating System (SIRS) student course evaluation.  Student response rate over 80%.
  • Hired, trained and supervised staff consisting of a systems analyst, administrative assistant, 24 Graduate Teaching Assistants and approximately 35 hourly student employees who work in help rooms, and grade student work. 
  • CSE 101 still exists with new faculty and staff in charge of the course who have upgraded content using the design and infrastructure put into place, a rare instance of instructional reform persisting beyond the original innovating faculty.

Instructional Resources Coordinator, Computer Science Department, Michigan State University, 1985 to 1997. 

Designed instruction employing a variety of technologies including computers, networks, television, multimedia and print for large-enrollment courses serving over 8000 students annually.  Served on departmental and University computing committees.  Hired, trained, and supervised programming staff.

Integrated Introduction to Computing (see Publications and Presentations), a computer programming course for non-CS majors that integrates televised lectures, textbook, and computer-based instructional materials.  Emphasis on conceptual understanding with true top-down design, teaching higher-level programming constructs before low-level I/O.  Course was introduced at MSU, Fall, 1992; Nationally distributed via the Electronic University Network and Mind Extension University.  Nominated for Computerworld Smithsonian Award.

  • Chaired (1992 to 1996) the MSU Instructional Computing and Technology Committee (ICTC) which provides advice and budget recommendations to the Vice-Provost for Computing and Technology. Projects initiated by ICTC under my leadership included: University-wide distributed network file service (AFS) for all faculty/staff and students; classroom multimedia instructional facilities; email for all faculty/staff and students; aggressive expansion of number and capacities of microcomputer laboratories; two-way distance education television.
  • Supervised graduate student software design projects including: Client/Server student records DBMS; CBI quiz software; Computerized problem decomposition tools.
  • Designed cross-platform client/server electronic "hand-in" system allowing students to turn-in and receive graded assignments electronically.
  • Designed software that identifies plagiarized student computer programs, reducing academic dishonesty rate to 0.1%.
  • Created on-line help/documentation/menu systems for documentation.
  • Coordinated conversion of MSU's microcomputer file service system from a CDC mainframe and packet-switching network to a DEC VAX and Ethernet network.

Co-owner, Spectra Data and Research, Inc., 1982 to Present. 

Company provides systems analysis and custom programming; survey design and statistical analysis; and management consulting, strategic planning, facilitation and training services. 

Part-time Instructor, Mathematics and Computer Science Department, Lansing Community College, 1985 to 1986.  Taught introductory computer science for non-computer science majors.

  • Student Instructor Ratings cited strong ability to clearly communicate abstract and unfamiliar concepts to students.

Television Engineering Technician II, Instructional Public Television, Michigan State University, 1979 to1985.

Provided engineering design, construction, and maintenance.  Trained and supervised personnel for system construction/maintenance and audio production. 

  • Designed and installed the audio system for major television production/distribution facility.  Coordinated design efforts with other technical departments to ensure system coherence.
  • Designed, produced and engineered television audio for a variety of instructional and nationally distributed public television programs.

Graduate Programming Assistant, Computer Institute for Social Science Research, Michigan State University, 1976 to 1978. 

Liaison between faculty and computer laboratory personnel. 

  • Developed and tested psychological modeling hypotheses.
  • Wrote or specified software to accomplish research goals; automated data acquisition using computer‑administered questionnaires; and performed statistical analysis.

Radio Production Technician, WKAR Radio, Michigan State University, 1974 to 1979. 

Engineer responsible for evening/weekend production. 

  • Hired, trained, and supervised student employees. 
  • Produced and hosted six hours of programming per week.

Professional Associations

American Educational Research Association

American Society for Engineering Education

American Statistical Association

Association of Computing Machinery: Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education

National Association for Research in Science Teaching

Society for Scientific Exploration Governing Council 2003 - 2008; Secretary 2008 - present

Funded Research Projects

Collaborative Research: Expanding a National Network for Automated Analysis of Constructed Response Assessments to Reveal Student Thinking in STEM
National Science Foundation
$4,999,708 9/15/13 - 9/14/18 PI

Collaborative Research: A Community of Enhanced Assessment Facilitates Reformed Teaching
National Science Foundation
$718,470 9/15/13 - 9/14/18 co-PI

Collaborative Research: Automated Analysis of Constructed Response Concept Inventories to Reveal Student Thinking: Forging a National Network for Innovative Assessment Methods - Supplemental
National Science Foundation
$75, 974 08/11/11 - 08/31/14 PI

Collaborative Research: Automated Analysis of Constructed Response Concept Inventories to Reveal Student Thinking: Forging a National Network for Innovative Assessment Methods
National Science Foundation
$382,601 09/01/10 - 08/31/14 PI

Collaborative Research: Building Global Climate Change Literacy through Analogical Reasoning
National Science Foundation
$93,850 07/01/10 - 06/30/13 co-PI

CPATH-2: CPACE II: Implementing Constituency-driven Curricular Change that Integrates Computational Thinking Across Engineering Disciplines
National Science Foundation
$799,796 09/15/09 - 09/14/14 co-PI

Simplifying complexity: Analyzing students' models of biological systems
National Science Foundation
$533,261 09/15/09 - 09/14/14 co-PI

Analyzing Constructed Responses: Using Linguistic Software to Understand Students' Conceptions in Science
National Science Foundation
$150,000 08/01/08 - 07/31/11 PI

EEES: Engaging Early Engineering Students to Expand Numbers of Degree Recipients
National Science Foundation
$2,499,907 07/01/08 06/30/14 Co-PI

A Framework For Reasoning In Cell Biology Courses
National Science Foundation
$200,000 01/01/08 12/31/09 Senior Personnel

Reforming Introductory Biology at MSU Does it Make a Difference?
National Science Foundation
$150,000 01/01/08 12/31/09 Senior Personnel

CPATH CB: Computing and Undergraduate Engineering: A Collaborative Process to Align Computing Education with Engineering Workforce Needs
National Science Foundation
$449,859 09/01/07 08/31/10 Co-PI

FIRST III - Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching: Developing the Scholars
National Science Foundation
$418,984 01/01/07 12/31/10 Co-PI

Problem-Based Learning Designed Science and Mathematics Professional Development
National Science Foundation
$4,605,130 06/01/04 - 05/31/09 Senior personnel

Development and Design of Structural Elements for a Web-based Course in Animal Welfare
USDA
$191,660 08/04 02/06 Senior personnel

Evaluation of Michigan 's Freedom To Learn program
Michigan Virtual University
$145,000 10/01/03 - 12/31/04 Co-PI

Teachers as Designers: A Problem-Based Approach to Preparing Teachers
U.S. Department of Education
$1,575,435 10/01/03 - 09/30/06 Co-PI

Promoting Rigorous Outcomes in Mathematics/Science Education (PROM/SE)
National Science Foundation
$35,000,000 10/01/03 - 09/30/08 Senior personnel

Diagnostic Question Clusters: Development and Testing in Introductory Geology and Biology
National Science Foundation
$491,606 9/15/03 8/14/08 Senior Personnel

Evaluation of Michigan 's Learning Without Limits program
Michigan Virtual University
$75,000 03/06/03 09/30/03 Co-PI

Related Publications and Refereed Conference Presentations

Urban-Lurain, M., Cooper, M. M., Haudek, K. C., Kaplan, J. J., Knight, J. K., Lemons, P. P., . . . Sydlik, M. (2014). Expanding a national network for automated analysis of constructed response assessments to reveal student thinking in STEM. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education, Indianapolis, IN.

Prevost, L. B., Haudek, K. C., Cooper, M., & Urban-Lurain, M.. (2014). Computerized Lexical Analysis of Students’ Written Interpretations of Chemical Representations. In National Association of Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference. presented at the 04/2014, Pittsburgh, PA: NARST.

Vergara, C. E., Urban-Lurain, M., Henry Campa, I., Cheruvelil, K. S., Ebert-May, D., Fata-Hartley, C., & Johnston, K. (2013). FAST-Future Academic Scholars in Teaching: A High-Engagement Development Program for Future STEM Faculty, Innovative Higher Education, 39(2). doi: 10.1007/s10755-013-9265-0

Urban-Lurain, M., Prevost, L., Haudek, K. C., Henry, E. N., Berry, M., & Merrill, J. E. (2013, October 26). Using computerized lexical analysis of student writing to support just-in-time teaching in large enrollment STEM courses. Paper presented at the Frontiers in Education, Oklahoma City.

Urban-Lurain, M. (2013, June). Beyond multiple choice: Automated analysis of student writing reveals student thinking. Invited talk presented at the Gordon Research Conference - Chemistry Education Research and Practice, Newport, RI.

Prevost, L. B., Haudek, K. C., Norton, E., Berry, M., Merrill, J. E., & Urban-Lurain, M. (2013, June 23-26). Automated text analysis facilitates using written formative assessments for just-in-time teaching in large enrollment courses. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education, Atlanta.

Haudek, K. C., Russell, A. A., & Urban-Lurain, M. (2013, April). Exploring computerized lexical analysis to predict calibrated peer review ratings of student writing in chemistry. Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Meeting, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Prevost, L. B., Knight, J. K., Smith, M. K., & Urban-Lurain, M. (2013, April). Student writing reveals their heterogeneous thinking about the origin of genetic variation in populations. Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Meeting, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Urban-Lurain, M., Prevost, L. B., & Campa, H. R., III. (2013, April). STEM doctoral student professional development in teaching: Outcomes of a high-engagement program. Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Meeting, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Weston, M., Parker, J., & Urban-Lurain, M. (2013, April). Comparing formative feedback reports: Human and automated text analysis of constructed response questions in biology. Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Meeting, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Haudek, K., Prevost, L. B., Moscarella, R. A., Merrill, J. E., & Urban-Lurain, M. (2012). What are they thinking? Automated analysis of student writing about acid/base chemistry in introductory biology. CBE - Life Sciences Education, 11(3), 283-293.

Prevost, L. B., Haudek, K. C., Urban-Lurain, M., & Merrill, J. E. (2012). Examining student constructed explanations of thermodynamics using lexical analysis. Paper presented at the Frontiers in Education, Seattle, WA.

Vergara, C. E., Briedis, D., Buch, N., Esfahanian, A.-H., Sticklen, J., Urban-Lurain, M., et al. (2012, October 3-6). Work in Progress: Integrating computation across engineering curricula: Preliminary impact on students. Paper presented at the Frontiers in Education, Seattle, WA.

Haudek, K. C., Prevost, L. B., Merrill, J. E., & Urban-Lurain, M. (2012). Lexical and qualitative analysis of students’ written responses and interviews explaining chemical functional group behavior in cellular biology. Paper presented at the National Meeting of the Society for Advancement of Biology Education Research.

Weston, M., Haudek, K. C., Prevost, L. B., Lyons, C., Urban-Lurain, M., & Merrill, J. E. (2012). How are students interpreting constructed response questions? Using computerized lexical analysis to identify key concepts in student writing. Paper presented at the National Meeting of the Society for Advancement of Biology Education Research.

Prevost, L. B., Knight, J. K., Smith, M. K., Haudek, K. C., Merrill, J. E., & Urban-Lurain, M. (2012). Using lexical analysis to explore students’ written responses to genetics concept assessment-derived items. Paper presented at the Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research.

Prevost LB, Haudek KC, Merrill J, Urban-Lurain M. Examining students' ability to apply thermodynamics concepts in biology: computerized lexical analysis reveals heterogeneous ideas. (2012, July). National Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research, Minneapolis, MN.

Prevost, L. B., Haudek, K. C., Merrill, J. E., & Urban-Lurain, M. (2012, June). Deciphering student ideas on thermodynamics using computerized lexical analysis of student writing. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education, San Antonio, TX.

Weston, M., Haudek, K. C., Prevost, L. B., Urban-Lurain, M., & Merrill, J. E. (2012, March). How do biology undergraduates “explain” photosynthesis? Investigating student responses to different constructed response question stems. Paper presented at the National Association for Research on Science Teaching, Indianapolis, IN.

Parker, J. M., Anderson, C. W., Heidemann, M., Merrill, J., Merritt, B., Richmond, G., and Urban-Lurain, M. (2012). Exploring undergraduates’ understanding of photosynthesis using Diagnostic Question Clusters. CBE - Life Sciences Education, 11, 47-57. (selected for CBE Highlights of 2012)

Ha, M., Nehm, R., Urban-Lurain, M., & Merrill, J. E. (2011). Applying computerized scoring models of written biological explanations across courses and colleges: Prospects and limitations. CBE - Life Sciences Education, 10, 379-393. (selected for CBE Highlights of 2012)

Urban-Lurain, M. (2011). Principled reasoning and conceptual change: The interplay between theory, research and practice. Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.

Haudek, K.C., Kaplan, J.J., Knight, J., Long, T., Merrill, J., Munn, A., Nehm, R., Smith, M., and Urban-Lurain, M. (2011). Harnessing technology to improve formative assessment of student conceptions in STEM: Forging a national network. CBE - Life Sciences Education 10, 149-155.

Vergara, C. E., Urban-Lurain, M., Esfahanian, A.-H., Briedis, D., Buch, N., Wolff, T. F., Sticklen, J., Dresen, C., Frazier, K. L., Paquette, L. (2011). Computational expertise in engineering: Aligning workforce computing needs with computer science concepts. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

McDonough, C. A., Briedis, D., Buch, N., DeGraff, R. S., Sticklen, J., Stoner, S. J., Urban-Lurain, M., Vergara, C. E., Wolff, T. F. (2011). Peer-led supplemental instruction in an NSF STEP Project: The EEES experience. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Richmond, G., Merritt, B., Urban-Lurain, M., & Parker, J. (2010). The development of a conceptual framework and tools to assess undergraduates' principled use of models in cellular biology. CBE - Life Sciences Education, 9(4), 441-452.

Sticklen, J., Briedis, D., & Urban-Lurain, M. (2010, October 27-30). Work in Progress – Web-based screen movie presentations as part of a professionalism course in chemical engineering. Paper presented at the Frontiers in Education, Washington, DC.

Urban-Lurain, M., Moscarella, R. A., Haudek, K. C., Giese, E., Merrill, J. E., & Sibley, D. F. (2010, March 22). Insight into Student Thinking in STEM: Lessons Learned from Lexical Analysis of Student Writing. Paper presented at the NARST Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Zhang, M., Passalacqua, S., Lundeberg, M., Koehler, M. J., Eberhardt, J., Parker, J., Urban-Lurain, M., Zhang, T., Paik, S., (2010). “Science Talks” in Kindergarten classrooms: Improving classroom practice through collaborative action research. Journal of Elementary Science Education, 21, 161-179.

Urban-Lurain, M., Ebert-May, D., Momsen, J., McFall, R., Jones, M. B., Leinfelder, B., et al. (2009, October 18 - 21). An assessment database for supporting educational research. Paper presented at the Frontieers in Education, San Antonio, TX.

Urban-Lurain, M., Moscarella, R. A., Haudek, K. C., Giese, E., Sibley, D. F., & Merrill, J. E. (2009, October 18-21). Beyond multiple choice exams: Using computerized lexical analysis to understand students’ conceptual reasoning in STEM disciplines. Paper presented at the Frontiers in Education, San Antonio, TX.

Sticklen, J., Urban-Lurain, M., & Briedis, D. (2009, October 18 - 21). Engagement of millennial students using web-based screen movies to replace traditional lecture in lecture/lab courses. Paper presented at the Frontiers in Education, San Antonio, TX.

Vergara, C. E., Urban-Lurain, M., Dresen, C., Coxen, T., MacFarlane, T., Frazier, K., et al. (2009, October 18-21). Aligning computing education with engineering workforce computational needs: New curricular directions to improve computational thinking in engineering graduates. Paper presented at the Frontiers in Education, San Antonio, TX.

Urban-Lurain, M., Briedis, D., Buch, N., Erlich, N., Sticklen, J., & Wolff, T. F. (2009, June 14-17). Understanding factors contributing to retention in engineering: A structural equation modeling (SEM) approach. Paper presented at the ASEE Conference and Exposition, Austin, TX.

Vergara, C. E., Urban-Lurain, M., Dresen, C., Coxen, T., MacFarlane, T., Frazier, K., et al. (2009). Leveraging workforce needs to inform curricular change in computing education for engineering: The CPACE project. Computers in Education Journal, 84-98.

Vergara, C. E., Urban-Lurain, M., Dresen, C., Coxen, T., MacFarlane, T., Frazier, K., et al. (2009, June 14-17). Leveraging workforce needs to inform curricular change in computing education for engineering: The CPACE project. Paper presented at the ASEE Conference and Exposition, Austin, TX.

Briedis, D., Buch, N., Collins-Eaglin, J., Erlich, N., Fleming, D., Hinds, T., Sticklen, J., Urban-Lurain, M., Wolff, T. F.. (2009, June 14-17). Connector faculty: A friendly face for early engineering students. Paper presented at the ASEE Conference and Exposition, Austin, TX.

Sticklen, J., Wolff, T., Bauer, W., Briedis, D., Buch, N., Courtney, J., Ehrlich, N., Fleming, D., Heckman, R., Mickelson, R., Paquette, L., Urban-Lurain, M., Weil, C. (2009, June 14-17). Engaging early engineering students (EEES): Background and goals of an NSF STEP project to increase retention. Paper presented at the ASEE Conference and Exposition, Austin, TX.

Haudek, K., Moscarella, R. A., Urban-Lurain, M., Merrill, J., Sweeder, R., & Richmond, G. (2009, April 17-21). Using lexical analysis software to understand student knowledge transfer between chemistry and biology. Paper presented at the National Association of Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference, Garden Grove, CA.

McConnell, T. J., Parker, J. M., Eberhardt, J., Stanaway, J. C., Urban-Lurain, M., & Koehler, M. J. (2009). Gauging changes in teachers' science content knowledge: Can problem-based professional development lead to deeper understanding of science? Paper presented at the National Association of Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference.

Weizman, A., Covitt, B. A., Koehler, M. J., Lundeberg, M. A., Oslund, J. A., Low, M. R., Eberhard, J., Urban-Lurain, M. (2008). Measuring teachers’ learning from a problem-based learning approach to professional development in science education. The Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2(2), 29-60.

McConnell, T. J., Zhang, M., Koehler, M. J., Lundeberg, M., Urban-Lurain, M., Parker, J., et al. (2008). A lesson in teaching, starring you. Journal of Staff Develoment, 29(4), 39-42.

Urban-Lurain, M., & Sticklen, J. (2008, October 22-25). Enhancing learning of low performing students in multi-section first year lecture/laboratory classes: Completion of a three year study. Paper presented at the Frontiers in Education, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Sticklen, J., Urban-Lurain, M., & Briedis, D. (2008, October 22-25). Work in Progress - Effective Engagement of Millennial Students Using Web-based Voice-Over Slides and Screen Demos to Augment Traditional Class Delivery. Paper presented at the Frontiers in Education, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Vergara, C. E., Urban-Lurain, M., Briedis, D., Buch, N., LaPrad, J., Paquette, L., et al. (2008, October 22-25). Work in Progress - Computing and Undergraduate Engineering: A Collaborative Process to Align Computing Education with Engineering Workforce Needs (CPACE). Paper presented at the Frontiers in Education, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Moscarella, R. A., Urban-Lurain, M ., Merritt, B., Long, T., Richmond , G., Merrill, J., et al. (2008, March 30 - April 2). Understanding undergraduate students' conceptions in science: Using lexical analysis software to analyze students' constructed responses in biology. Paper presented at the NARST 2008 Annual International Conference, Baltimore , MD.

Richmond , G., Urban-Lurain, M. , Parker, J., Merrill, J., & Merritt, B. (2008, March 30 - April 2). Assessment-informed instructional design to support model-based reasoning in college-level biology. Paper presented at the NARST 2008 Annual International Conference, Baltimore , MD.

Briedis, D., Urban-Lurain, M ., Ofoli, R., Miller, D., & Sticklen, J. (2007, June 24-27). Enabling curricular integration through multi-course assessment. Paper presented at the American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Hawaii .

Parker, J., Anderson, C. W., Merrill, J., Heidemann, M., Long, T., Merritt, B., Richmond , G., Sibley, D., Urban-Lurain, M ., Wilson, C. (2007, March 3-4). Where has all the carbon gone? A thought paper on frameworks for assessing biology understanding. Paper presented at the Conceptual Assessment in Biology, Boulder, CO.

Sticklen, J., Briedis, D., Urban-Lurain, M ., & Hinds, T. (2007, June 24-27). Vertical integration of MATLAB across engineering curricula: Systemic curricular change by small steps. Paper presented at the American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Hawaii .

Wilson , C., Anderson , C. W., Heidemann, M., Merrill, J., Merritt, B., Richmond , G., Sibley, D., Urban-Lurain, M ., Parker, J. (2006, October 19-21). Tracing matter and energy through biological and geological systems: Fundamental problems of students' understanding. Paper presented at the Assessment of Student Achievement Conference, Washington , DC .

Briedis, D., Miller, D., Ofoli, R., Sticklen, J., & Urban-Lurain, M . (2006, June 18-21). Course assessment for evolutionary curricular reform: Infusing MATLAB vertically through the curriculum. Paper presented at the American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago , IL .

Urban-Lurain, M ., Sticklen, J., & Buch, N. (2006, June 18-21). High enrollment, early engineering courses and the personal response system Paper presented at the ASEE Annual Meeting, Chicago , IL .

Sticklen, J., & Urban-Lurain, M . (2006, June 18-21). Enhancing learning of low ability students in multi-section freshman lecture/laboratory classes. Paper presented at the ASEE Annual Meeting, Chicago , IL .

Oslund, J. A., Koehler, M., Lundeberg, M., Low, M. R., Parker, J., Eberhardt, J., Urban-Lurain, M ., Jang, Shinho. (2006, April). Problem-based learning designed for science and mathematics professional development, Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association . San Francisco , CA : American Educational Research Association.

Weizman, A., Covitt, B. A., Koehler, M., Lundeberg, M., Jang, S., Oslund, J. A., Low, M. R. Eberhardt, J., Urban-Lurain, M . (2006, April). What do teachers learn from a problem-based learning approach to professional development in science education? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco , CA .

Urban-Lurain, M ., Anderson , C. W., Parker, J., & Richmond , G. (2006, March 20-24). Fluency with information technology in teacher education: Moving from novice towards expertise. Paper presented at the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Orlando , FL.

Zhang, B., Urban-Lurain, M., Richmond, G., Parker, J., Merrill, J., Patterson, R., et al. (2005, Nov 28 - Dec 2). Using self-response system and online learning environment in large college science classes-the technologies, instructional design, and implications. Paper presented at the International Conference on Computers in Education, Singapore.

Hinds, T., Sticklen, J., Urban-Lurain, M., Amey, M., & Eskil, T. (2005, Nov). Curricular integration of computational tools: A first step. Paper presented at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Orlando, FL.

Urban-Lurain, M., Albertelli, G., & Kortemeyer, G. (2005, October 19 - 22). Using information technology to author, administer, and evaluate performance-based assessments. Paper presented at the Frontiers in Education, Indianapolis, IN.

Sticklen, J., Urban-Lurain, M., Hinds, T., Eskil, T., & Amey, M. (2005, June 12-15). Multi-section freshman classes with laboratories: Lecture as intro vs. lecture as wrap-up. Paper presented at the ASEE Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon.

Urban-Lurain, M., Rosaen, C., Zhao, Y., Koehler, M., Mishra, P., Anderson, C. W., et al. (2005). Teachers as designers: A problem-based approach to preparing teachers to use technology. Paper presented at the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Phoenix, AZ.

Urban-Lurain, M., & Zhao, Y. (2005). Freedom to learn evaluation report: 2004 project implementation. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University.

Merrill, J., & Urban-Lurain, M. (2005). Early adoption report: Student response systems in a large enrollment science course.

Kortemeyer, G., & Urban-Lurain, M. (2005, January 24). Giving learners and educators the feedback they need when they need it. Paper presented at the National Learning Information Infrastructure, New Orleans, LA.

Merrill, J., Urban-Lurain, M., Rollins, S., & Merritt, B. (2005, January 7). Analyzing student understanding of biology concepts with text analysis of essay problem responses. Paper presented at the LON-CAPA Users' Conference, Columbia, SC.

Urban-Lurain, M. (2004). On the need for scholarship. Correlation, 22(2), 2-3.

Sticklen, J., Amey, M., Eskil, T., Hinds, T., & Urban-Lurain, M. (2004, June 20-23). Application of object-centered scaffolding to introductory MatLab. Paper presented at the American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Urban-Lurain, M., Amey, M., Sticklen, J., Hinds, T., & Eskil, T. (2004, June 20-23). Curricular integration of computational tools by evolutionary steps. Paper presented at the American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Urban-Lurain, M., & Zhao, Y. (2003). Freedom to learn evaluation report: 2003 project implementation. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University.

Waller, A. A., & Urban-Lurain, M. (2003, November 5-8). The use of theory in education research. Workshop presented at the Frontiers In Education, Boulder, CO.

Urban-Lurain, M. (2003). Fluency with information technology: The computer science perspective. In Y. Zhao (Ed.), What should teachers know about technology: Perspectives and practices (pp. 53-74) Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

McFall, R., Urban-Lurain, M., & Weinshank, D. (2002, November). A Web-to-database system for collecting student data. Paper presented at the Frontiers in Education, Boston, MA.

Urban-Lurain, M., & Weinshank, D. J. (2001). Do non-computer science students need to program? Journal of Engineering Education, 90(4), pp. 535-541.

Urban-Lurain, M. (2001, April). Teaching FITness for conceptual understanding: A computer science course for non-computer science majors. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Seattle, WA.

Urban-Lurain, M. (2001). The academic bookshelf: About learning. Journal of Engineering Education, 90(2), pp. 171-172.

Urban-Lurain, M., & Weinshank, D. J. (2000, October). Is there a role for programming in non-major CS courses? Paper presented at the Frontiers in Education Conference, Kansas City, MO. Honorable Mention: Ben Dasher Award for Best Paper at FIE

Urban-Lurain, M. (2000). Teaching for fluency with information technology: An evaluative study. Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Urban-Lurain, M. & Weinshank, D. J., (2000, April), Attendance and outcomes in a large, collaborative learning, performance assessment course, New Orleans, American Educational Research Association.

Urban-Lurain, M., & Weinshank, D. J. (2000). Computing concepts and competencies. In D. Brown (Ed.), Interactive learning: Vignettes from America's most wired campuses (pp. 73-74). Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing Company.

Urban-Lurain, M. & Weinshank, D. J., (1999): "I Do and I Understand:" Mastery Model Learning for a Large Non-Major Course, Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Bulletin, 30(1), 150-154, New Orleans, ACM Press.

Urban-Lurain, M. & Weinshank, D. J., (1999, April), Mastering Computing Technology: A New Approach for Non-Computer Science Students, Montreal, American Educational Research Association.

Urban-Lurain, M. (1996, May). Intelligent tutoring systems:  An historic review in the context of the development of artificial intelligence and educational psychology, from http://www.cse.msu.edu/rgroups/cse101/ITS/its.htm

Weinshank, D. J., Urban-Lurain, M., Danieli, T., & McCuaig, G. (1995). Integrated Introduction to Computing. (updated first edition, revised and enlarged ed.). Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

Weinshank, D. J., Urban-Lurain, M., Danieli, T., & McCuaig, G. (1992). Integrated Introduction to Computing. (1st ed.). Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

Urban-Lurain, M. (1990, Fall). Detecting Similarities in Student Program Assignments to Prevent Cheating. Paper presented at the Digital Equipment Users Society, Cincinnati, OH.

Weinshank, D. J., Urban-Lurain, M., & Danieli, T. (1990). Testing the Utility of a CASE Tool for Teaching Structured Programming in an Introductory CPS Non-major Course. (Report on MSU AURI Grant 8971). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University.

Weinshank, D. J., Urban-Lurain, M., & Danieli, T. (1990). Introduction to computing: Telecourse with Waterloo BASIC. (2nd ed.). Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

Urban-Lurain, M., & McCorry, M. E. (1989, Spring). An Integrated Menu and Help System for Instructional Software. Paper presented at the Digital Equipment Users Society, Nashville, TN.

Urban-Lurain, M., & Weinshank, D., J. (1988, Spring). PC Network for Instructional Computing at Michigan State University. Paper presented at the Digital Equipment Users Society, Atlanta, GA.

Weinshank, D. J., Urban-Lurain, M., & Olds, S. (1988). Introduction to computing: Telecourse with Waterloo BASIC. (1st ed.). Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

Service

  • 2011 to present: MSU STEM Teaching Essentials Steering Committee
  • 2009 to present: MSU Instructional Computing and Technology CAFE
  • 2008 to present: MSU Learning Systems Advisory Committee
  • 2006 to present: Steering Committee, Future Academic Scholars in Teaching (FAST) Fellowship
  • 2003 to 2006: Judge, Michigan Science Olympiad
  • 2000 to 2003: MSU Network Communications Committee
  • 1992 to 1996: Chair, MSU Instructional Computing and Technology Committee (ICTC)
  • 1989 to 1992: MSU Instructional Computing and Technology Committee (ICTC)

Awards

  • 2006 2006 SBC Awards for Instructional Technology
  • 2001 MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan Quality in Undergraduate Education award.
  • 1999 MSU College of Engineering Withrow Teaching Excellence award.
  • 1996 Vice Provost's Lifelong Education Award