June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Two Year College Division
22.23.1 - 22.23.8
A Community College Perspective of How Ocean Applications Can Enhance Technical Program Course Offerings and Expand Student OpportunitiesThe incorporation of ocean science applications into the electrical, electronic, computerscience, and mechanical design programs provides the students with a real-worldapplication for their course of studies and broadens their career opportunities. Further,giving students the hands-on applications first then following up with the technicalconcepts serves as a powerful motivator of student learning. The electrical technologyprogram at the author’s institution (California) is one example of how this can work.Students can enroll in a robotics applications class without prerequisites and as a resultdevelop an immediate understanding of the operational systems. From there theydemand additional knowledge on the inner workings of the systems providing self-motivation for many of the theoretical classes. The goal for the students is to compete inthe annual International ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Competition and put theirskills into practice.The step to include ocean sciences into an existing technical program is a much smallerhurdle than trying to teach electrical or programming concepts to marine sciencesstudents. The end result is an enhanced program, increased student retention, and aworldwide industry for student careers. The departmental implementation of thisphilosophy at the author’s institution as well as student success and hiring’s will bediscussed.
Fraser, S. (2011, June), A Community College Perspective of How Ocean Applications Can Enhance Technical Program Course Offerings and Expand Student Opportunities Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17305
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