June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Design in Engineering Education
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Capstone and Faculty Mentors/Advisors/CoachesCapstone and faculty involvement go together like peanut butter and jelly. Capstone andindustry also go together like cheese on crackers. Both faculty and industry may take on therole of capstone advisor from the academic side. Many faculty members are experienced atadvising capstone. New faculty usually are not. Industry members new to capstone advisingmay or may not be able to apply industry models to capstone advisement. Just like in industry,where experienced engineers hold much tribal knowledge, many experienced faculty areknowledgeable in guiding capstone teams. New engineers in the workplace must identifyknowledge sources within the organization to help them through the maze of unwritten methodsand norms to be successful. So too, the new capstone faculty advisor. One tool, useful to bothnew engineers and capstone advisors are procedures and handbooks. In a qualitative study ofDEEDs members, the use of guidelines, handbooks, manuals for advising capstone was explored.A standardized process of advising, coaching and/or mentoring should result in standardizedcapstone project results. This paper discusses the common elements of advisor guides and theunique elements considered to have robust application.
Dixon, G. (2015, June), Capstone and Faculty Mentors/Advisors/Coaches Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23662
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