San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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An Adventure in Extreme Curriculum Integration To Stimulate Innovation and Collaboration Looking back across the history of science, technology, engineering and math(STEM) education, there have been nearly continuous calls for curriculuminnovation and improvement. In the past 20 years, however, many of these callshave intensified and focused on the incorporation of interdisciplinary, problem-based, “real-world” learning in one form or another. These range from moregeneral reports like those coming from the Boyer Commission in the mid 1990’s,to specific work that led to the restructuring of the ABET accreditation processthrough EC2000. More recently, publications by the National Academy ofEngineering such as “The Engineer of 2020” and “Educating the Engineer of2020” have reenergized the call for innovation in STEM curricula. Xxxxxxxxxxxx University is a small, private university with a long traditionof professional technical education and an emerging focus on innovation andinterdisciplinary education. The newly formed College of Design, Engineeringand Commerce is the home to a revolutionary, trans-disciplinary curriculum thatretains the core learning of the three disciplines within the college (design,engineering, and business) while forging new collaborations between the threedisciplines. As a model for professional university education in the 21st century,Xxxxxxxxxxxx University is focused on providing graduates with the skillsnecessary to be leaders in their professions at every level of their careers. Bybringing these three disciplines together, the new College will push students tothink beyond the boundaries of existing disciplines and focus on market-driveninnovation through teamwork, collaboration and connections with industrypartners. Students will gain expertise in their disciplines and a fluency in the trans-disciplinary ways of the 21st-century work world on a much larger scale thanwhat has been seen in higher education to date. The new College is a forward-thinking and timely concept because it combines the best aspects of the threedisciplines at its core to focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. This ishappening exactly at a time when innovation is universally recognized as a criticalelement in global economic recovery, as well as in solving today's complex,world-scale human problems. This presentation will review the most recent calls for STEM curricularchange and present the exciting new response from Xxxxxxxxxxxx University,the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce. The presentation will focuson the efforts to synergistically combine targeted curricular changes with a focuson content-specific teaching pedagogy and a new academic managementstructure. Specific trans-disciplinary core courses in Design Processes, BusinessModels, Systems Analysis and Research Methods will be described, along withthe 6-credit year-long Capstone Project experience in which students are brought together in interdisciplinary teams from the three disciplines in the college to work on a real-‐world problem for a real external customer with the expectation of delivering real solutions.
Kander, R. G. (2012, June), An Adventure in Extreme Curriculum Integration to Stimulate Innovation and Collaboration Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20908
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