Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Assessment of a Global Engineering Outreach Course
International educational opportunities for engineering students include, but are not limited to, internships, study abroad programs, and humanitarian programs such as Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Since 2007, a two-semester Global Engineering Outreach (GEO) course in the College of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University has enabled engineering and technology students from multiple disciplines to design and implement humanitarian-based engineering projects. Energy, water, sanitation, and health projects have been implemented in Tonga, Ghana, and Peru. Currently, the projects focus on the needs of communities in Peru.
Teams consisting of four to five students interact on a regular basis with the Peruvian communities throughout the two-semester course. Interaction is facilitated by the fact that nearly one-half of the students speak and write Spanish fluently. Extensive documentation is required to capture communication efforts and the project development process. Surveys (both pre- and post-trip) are also conducted on a regular basis to assess the effectiveness of communication, the impact of Peruvian feedback to the projects, social understanding of the community, and teamwork interactions.
This paper addresses key findings from the surveys and documentation reports and summarizes key findings from the surveys, documentation, and reflections papers to address: a) What cultural resources were used by students to obtain community-centric and project-centric information? b) What cultural information was obtained and how useful was this information for the project design and understanding the community? and c) How were students impacted by the Learning Outcomes? A brief discussion of future plans for strengthening the GEO course is also presented.
Lewis, R. S., & Bateman, T. C., & Ward, C. J. (2018, June), Assessment of a Global Engineering Outreach Course Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29832
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