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Active Collaborative Learning In Engineering And Technology Using Industry Based Case Studies

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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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Tools of Teaching

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7.142.1 - 7.142.7



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Saleh Sbenaty

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Active Collaborative Learning In Engineering and Technology Using Industry-Based Case Studies

Saleh M. Sbenaty Middle Tennessee State University


The main objectives of The South East Advanced Technological Education Consortium, SEATEC are: · To train faculty to identify and address the technical needs of area industry. · To upgrade curriculum to meet these needs. · To produce industry-based case study models that apply active collaborative learning, improve student oral and written communication skills, and ultimately produce better- prepared graduates that will meet challenges in today’s global economy.

The current paper describes the SEATEC curriculum development technique and provides a summary of its very promising outcomes that may revolutionize engineering and technology education and increase students’ interests in pursuing these programs. The unique partnership with area industry along with the rigorous training of the participating faculty have produced five industry-based case-study models that are interdisciplinary, multi-media enhanced, open-ended, and use active collaborative learning.

I. Introduction

One of the greatest challenges that most students face during their course of study in higher education is relating classroom topics to real-life situations. In addition, active and collaborative learning are not widely used in technical programs. For these and other reasons, many engineering and technology students often find themselves frustrated and sometimes lose interest in pursuing such degrees. The present paper outlines a creative approach to curriculum development and delivery that is designed to improve engineering and technology education and to bring real-world problems to the classroom. In fact, this is one objective of the three-year NSF-funded grant ($1.8 million) entitled “The South-East Advanced Technological Education Consortium, SEATEC.” The consortium is a collaborative effort of five institutions across Tennessee. Each team at the host institution includes multi-disciplinary faculties, industry partners, university partners, and high school tech-prep teachers. The SEATEC goals are:

1. To provide national leadership for the development and implementation of case-based instruction in technology and engineering education. 2. To provide opportunities for continuous and appropriate professional development of participating faculty. 3. To assess the effectiveness of the case study approach in teaching technology-related curriculum.

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Sbenaty, S. (2002, June), Active Collaborative Learning In Engineering And Technology Using Industry Based Case Studies Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10787

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