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Balancing Student Learning and Community Relations in Software-Based Service Learning

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Software Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Software Engineering Division

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Nusaybah Abu-Mulaweh Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Nusaybah Abu-Mulaweh is a Continuing Lecturer in the EPICS Program at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She received her Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering from Purdue University Fort Wayne, and received her Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Engineering Education at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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William C. Oakes Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering) Orcid 16x16

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William (Bill) Oakes is the Director of the EPICS Program and one of the founding faculty members of the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He has held courtesy appointments in Mechanical, Environmental and Ecological Engineering as well as Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. He is a registered professional engineer and on the NSPE board for Professional Engineers in Higher Education. He has been active in ASEE serving in the FPD, CIP and ERM. He is the past chair of the IN/IL section. He is a fellow of the Teaching Academy and listed in the Book of Great Teachers at Purdue University. He was the first engineering faculty member to receive the national Campus Compact Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning. He was a co-recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s Bernard Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education and the recipient of the National Society of Professional Engineers’ Educational Excellence Award and the ASEE Chester Carlson Award. He is a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

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Service-learning is a form of experiential learning that integrates academic learning objectives with community engagement. It can develop both technical and the broad professional skills needed in today’s global economy and is well-matched to the literature on diversity. In engineering and computing education, service-learning is typically project-based where students develop a project that adds value to the community partner. At a large Midwestern university, a design-based service-learning program engages students in teams that partner with local and global community partners to develop technological solutions to human, community and environmental needs. This article presents a case study of a software-based service-learning design class with multi-disciplinary students from varying academic levels, first-year to final year. Students are required to complete weekly reflections which were analyzed to attain insight into their experience. The study provides insights into how the students attempt to balance their own learning, project implementation, and community relations and impact while developing software solutions.

Abu-Mulaweh, N., & Oakes, W. C. (2019, June), Balancing Student Learning and Community Relations in Software-Based Service Learning Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32140

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