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A Community To Develop Materials For An Engineering Learning Environment

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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ASEE Multimedia Session

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7.23.1 - 7.23.9



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Brandon Muramatsu

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Flora McMartin

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Joseph Tront

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Session 2793

A Community to Develop Materials for an Engineering Learning Environment

Joseph G. Tront 1 Brandon Muramatsu 2 Flora McMartin 2 1 Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, VA 2 University of California, Berkeley, CA


Faculty members attempting to create materials for collections of engineering education content in a digital library face several challenges. Lack of training in sound pedagogical practices, a shortage of training in the effective use of educational technology, short supply of required resources and time to produce completed and tested works, and a lack of emphasis on improved teaching in the university faculty rewards systems are the major obstacles to materials development. To remedy this situation, this project endeavors to create an active, engaged, and sustained virtual community of engineering educators who energetically contribute to and share materials from a common collection of courseware.

The virtual community will take form as an incubator in which faculty are trained in sound pedagogical practices e.g., developing learning goals and assessment techniques. Next, participants will be schooled in the effective use of technology in many different teaching/learning situations including: classroom presentation, self-study, distance and distributed learning, experiential learning, etc. Once trained, faculty will then develop a portion of a collection of courseware modules in their area of expertise. Guidelines will be provided so that modules can be integrated with one another from both the standpoint of technology as well as the pedagogical approach being used. Members of the virtual community of contributors subsequently become the testers of the courseware modules with each of the contributors using a subset of modules to conduct courses back at their home campuses. As soon as a baseline collection in a topic area is established we will present national workshops on how to adopt and adapt the materials in the collection. NEEDS will be used to catalog and make the collections available. This paper describes the research effort that is being undertaken to establish a community of developers. The work is in its early stages.

Introduction “It is imperative that information about what is effective and Instructional technology enables new modes of learning—via ineffective be shared quickly and courseware, course web sites, collaborative communication, widely, so that our limited and in ways we have only begun to imagine. Educators resources can be used prudently.” around the country and around the world are developing TechEd 1999

“Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition1 Copyright Ó 2002, American Society for Engineering Education”

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Muramatsu, B., & McMartin, F., & Tront, J. (2002, June), A Community To Develop Materials For An Engineering Learning Environment Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10843

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