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An Infrastructure To Facilitate The Creation Of Courses On Technology And Engineering For Non Engineers.

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

Start Date

June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

6

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15.156.1 - 15.156.6

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https://peer.asee.org/16288

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21

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John Krupczak Hope College

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Senior Fellow, Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE)National Academy of Engineering and Professor of Engineering, Hope College

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Timothy Simpson Pennsylvania State University

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Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Engineering Design and Director, The Learning Factory, Pennsylvania State University

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Vince Bertsch Santa Rosa Junior College

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Professor of Engineering and Physics

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Kate Disney Mission College

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Engineering Instructor

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Elsa Garmire Dartmouth College

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Member, National Academy of Engineering and Sydney E. Junkins 1887 Professor of Engineering, Dartmouth College

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Seung Ki Moon Pennsylvania State University

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Research Associate, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

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An Infrastructure to Facilitate the Creation of Courses on Technology and Engineering for Non-Engineers

Abstract

Technology is foundational to our current way of life, and informed citizens need an understanding of what technology is, how it works, how it is created, how it shapes society, and how society influences technological development. According to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), all Americans need to better understand the wide variety of technology used every day. In “Technically Speaking: Why All Americans Need to Know More about Technology” (2002), and “Tech Tally: Approaches to Assessing Technological Literacy” (2006), the NAE has outlined the characteristics of a technologically literate citizen. Some engineering educators are beginning to take an interest in offering courses on engineering and technology for non-engineers. However an obstacle to offering courses for non-engineers is a lack of relevant course materials for both students and instructors. In addition, varying interpretations of what non-engineers should learn about technology can result in widely different course curricula and student learning outcomes. To address these two issues, an online course development site is being established. Development is based on four course models that address NAE recommendations in a consistent manner. These four types of courses are (1) technology survey courses that provide a broad overview of technological topics, (2) technological focus courses that address a more specific area such as the hydrogen economy or energy, (3) courses that emphasize the engineering design process, and (4) technology connections courses that explore the connections between technology and other areas of society and culture. The online resource will allow engineering faculty to obtain materials from the database of existing resources.

Introduction

It is widely recognized that our standard of living depends, in large part, on the application of technology. Recently the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has advocated that citizens need an understanding of what technology is, how it works, how it is created, how it shapes society, and how society influences technological development1,2. In addition, the International Technology Education Association (ITEA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) have also developed standards defining technological literacy.3,4

A recent NSF-sponsored workshop at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), attempted to identify standard models for teaching technological literacy courses.5 As an outcome of that workshop, a framework was developed for evaluating courses on engineering and technology for non-engineering students. The framework also establishes a context for discussing standard models for these courses. The proposed framework will assist faculty in adapting existing innovative course materials into their

Krupczak, J., & Simpson, T., & Bertsch, V., & Disney, K., & Garmire, E., & Moon, S. K. (2010, June), An Infrastructure To Facilitate The Creation Of Courses On Technology And Engineering For Non Engineers. Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/16288

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