Welcome to the RIME Collaborative website!

Our research group focuses on studying the intersection between motivation and identity to improve engineering students’ success.  The group is lead by Dr. Rachel Louis Kajfez and includes a team of graduate and undergraduate researchers specializing in engineering education. Take a look around to learn more about our team and what we do. Let us know if you have any questions!

Engineering education is an established, yet growing discipline both at OSU and beyond. While there are many areas of study related to engineering education broadly, currently our research group is working to address the following research questions:

  • In what ways can we better support the development of engineering students?
  • In what ways can we improve the student experience to support their drive to succeed?
  • In what ways can we better train teachers in engineering to support students’ learning?
  • In what ways can we encourage and support a diverse engineering student body?

Through a variety of studies employing mixed methods, we aim to answer these and future questions through the lenses of motivation and identity. In RIME, we believe that who we are drives what we do and what we do can influence who we are.  With this in mind, we aim to enhance engineering education through this lens ensuring that all students are provided the tools to succeed in the discipline.

Interested in learning more about the RIME Collaborative or joining the team? Contact Dr. Rachel Kajfez at kajfez.2@osu.edu or follow her on Twitter @RachelKajfez!