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Bringing the University to the Workplace: Targeted Short Course Development

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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CPDD Session 1 - Generating Intellectual Excitement for Professional Learners

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Continuing Professional Development

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Luke Fredette Ohio State University

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Dr. Luke Fredette is a Research Specialist in the SIM Center at The Ohio State University. His technical interests focus on nonlinear system dynamics and noise & vibration control, and he has recently been working on the development of educational programs surrounding these topics geared towards accessibility and applicability for working professionals. He will be beginning as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cedarville University in Autumn 2020.

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Emily Nutwell Ohio State University

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Emily Nutwell is pursuing her PhD at Ohio State in Engineering Education where her research interests focus on workforce development, adult learning, and distance education. She is also the Education Manager at the Ohio State SIMCenter, the Simulation Innovation, and Modeling Research center, which supports educational initiatives to promote simulation and modeling. She has several years of experience in industry as a CAE analyst focusing on vehicle crash modeling and topology optimization.

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Scott Noll P.E. Ohio State University

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Dr. Scott Noll is a Research Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University. He focuses on solving industry-relevant challenges to virtual product development through advanced modeling and experimental approaches. His research interests include nonlinear structural dynamics, vibrations, inverse identification, experimental modal analysis and dynamic substructuring, applied finite element modeling, and design.

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This article explores aspects of strategy for the development of a scientific or engineering educational program to meet a specific competency gap at the request of commercial or industrial customers. This goal may present several challenges to the University, especially where it may deviate from traditional educational praxis. The economic and logistic needs of external customers may require a highly condensed course which precludes time-intensive learning activities often relied upon in a more conventional educational context, and competing learning objectives may exist between the technical perspective of the students in the course (e.g. design engineers or analysts) and those with a more business-oriented viewpoint (e.g. managers) who have authorized the financing of the course. A successful educational outcome should satisfy the spectrum of expectations. This requires a robust understanding of the needs of the company as well as the individual students, so University educators should be responsive to integrate this into the content, organization, and delivery of high-level technical short courses.

Fredette, L., & Nutwell, E., & Noll, S. (2020, June), Bringing the University to the Workplace: Targeted Short Course Development Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34227

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