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A Methodology to Involve Students in the Evaluation of an Engineering Curriculum in Design, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division Technical Session 8

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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Isabel Hilliger P.E. Pontificia Universidad Catholica de Chile Orcid 16x16

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Isabel Hilliger is the Associate Director for Assessment and Evaluation at the Engineering Education Division in Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC). Isabel received a BEng from UC and an MA in Education Policy from Stanford University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Computer Science at UC-Engineering. Her research theme is the use of instruments and technological tools to analyze the skills engineering graduates need to succeed in entrepreneurial-spirited companies. She has created qualitative and quantitative instruments for engineering assessment. She has also evaluated policy efforts towards engineering diversity and undergraduate research.

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Constanza Miranda Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Orcid 16x16

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Constanza Miranda holds a PhD in design with a focus in anthropology from North Carolina State University. While being a Fulbright grantee, Constanza worked as a visiting researcher at the Center for Design Research, Mechanical Engineering Department, at Stanford. Today she is an assistant professor at P.Universidad Católica de Chile's Engineering School. There, she directs the DILAB: the engineering design initiative. Apart from developing the educational program in engineering design and innovation (Major IDI), the DILAB partners with forward thinking organizations to assess real life ill-defined issues. Past personal experiences involve work in industry and for consultancies such as Procorp Santiago, Cooper San Francisco and Continuum Milan. On the other hand Constanza is an entrepreneur in medical devices where she is continuously working in the detection of opportunities for innovation and development of new technologies. Her research work is focused mainly in the area of bio design, engineering-design education and design anthropology methods.

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Mar Pérez-Sanagustín Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Orcid 16x16

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Mar Pérez-Sanagustín is a researcher and Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Department of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the Director of the Engineering Education Division at the same university. Her research interests are technology-enhanced learning, engineering education, MOOCs and b-learning.

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Engineering schools have created courses and concentrations to train students for entrepreneurship and innovation. Although studies have analyzed how students perceive this type of training, few of them have unveiled its influence on behaviors and career goals. The formative use of the assessment instruments employed is limited, so more efforts are needed to evaluate entrepreneurial training towards its continuous improvement. This article proposes a methodology to involve students in curriculum evaluation so they become partners in curriculum delivery and teaching practices. To explore its benefits, we applied it on a Major focused on engineering design, entrepreneurship and innovation. During classroom sessions of three Major courses, a form was used to generate individual reflections and collective discussions about course methods, learning outcomes and the curriculum path. Findings show that students were capable of formulating improvement actions to enhance curriculum and teaching practices as a group. Implications for other institutions are discussed to promote the application of this participatory approach in curriculum evaluation processes.

Hilliger, I., & Miranda, C., & Pérez-Sanagustín, M. (2018, June), A Methodology to Involve Students in the Evaluation of an Engineering Curriculum in Design, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29697

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