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Changes in Student Perceptions of Course-Based Service Learning at Large Scale: EPICS at 23 Years Old

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Perspectives on Service Learning: Challenges, Successes, and Opportunities

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Community Engagement Division

Page Count

23

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Andrew Pierce Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering)

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Andrew Pierce is the Academic Administrator of the EPICS Program at Purdue University.

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

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William (Bill) Oakes is a 150th Anniversary Professor, 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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Nusaybah Abu-Mulaweh Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Nusaybah Abu-Mulaweh is a Continuing Lecturer in the Engineering Projects In Community Service (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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Abstract

The EPICS Program, founded at Purdue University in 1995, has grown where it is engaging more than 1100 students per year collaborating with more than 50 local and global community organizations. The EPICS program has experienced a more rapid phase of growth in recent years, doubling the enrollment from 292 in the spring of 2010 to 603 in the fall of 2017 and over 700 in 2018. This phase of growth included shifts in the composition of teams, as more first and second year students enrolled in the design teams and in the course administration to accommodate the larger enrollment. The program has evaluated many dimensions throughout its history including the student experience through formative and summative student evaluations. An analysis of the self-reported student evaluations shows a high level of consistency based on the student reported overall experience and learning. This data is consistent with other data gathered from the program including surveys and interviews from graduates and student reflections. The consistency of the evaluations offers evidence that the scaling of the program and the changes to accommodate the scale has retained the core EPICS experience.

Pierce, A., & Oakes, W. C., & Abu-Mulaweh, N. (2019, June), Changes in Student Perceptions of Course-Based Service Learning at Large Scale: EPICS at 23 Years Old Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32502

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