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The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Teaching Workshop (ETW) started in 1999, and it has produced 1035 graduates from 266 colleges and universities throughout the world. ASCE has conducted 44 week-long, in-person workshops without interruption for over two decades. ExCEEd graduates have returned to their home universities and applied the lessons of this workshop to the classes they teach. The details and success of the ETW have been reported in many venues.
In Spring 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the nation and remained a persistent threat throughout 2021. As a result, the in-person workshops scheduled for Summer 2020 were canceled and in Summer 2021 was reimagined as a virtual offering. This paper is the first in a three-part series that describe and assess how ASCE modified and continued the ExCEEd program during this difficult period.
This paper specifically overviews the response by the ASCE Committee on Faculty Development (CFD) to create the virtual ExCEEd Community Exchange (ECX) following the cancellation of the Summer 2020 ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshop. The ECX program is a virtual venue for civil engineering educators to meet and share their ideas and lessons-learned with a broader community. The paper covers the creation of the ECX program, including its motivation, vision, and implementation, and presents opportunities and challenges for the continued success of this virtual community program. Details are provided on the format of these ECX sessions and the topics discussed, along with feedback from ECX presenters, moderators, and attendees. Information from this paper will be helpful to professional societies and other organizations looking for meaningful ways to engage and strengthen communities of engineering educators through virtual professional development programming.
Clayton, P., & Castaneda, D., & Palomo, M., & Rodak, C., & Kulesza, S., & Omur-Ozbek, P. (2022, August), ASCE’s Response to the Pandemic: A Virtual ExCEEd Community Exchange Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. https://peer.asee.org/40964
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