New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Community Engagement Division
Adding international exposure to project based service learning in to undergraduate curriculum has been found to have positive impacts on students’ motivation, attitude and experience. ABET engineering criteria require engineering schools to include international exposure in to all undergraduate programs. Our program aims to directly involve half of our students in an international service learning experience. The senior design course in the Civil and Environmental Engineering program has been modified and improved over the past few years to offer international experience in addition to community service. By working on real world engineering projects, students practice their design and calculation skills. They also develop team work, effective communication, and community engagement through service learning experience. Adding the international exposure to senior design further improve students motivation to provide engineering services to communities in need by changing students mindset to engage them to the whole new world with all political, social, environmental and economical limitations. In the past 5 years, international experience teams worked on several engineering design projects such as designing and building a water distribution system and storage tanks to provide potable water, and the design and construction of structures such as small community buildings and bridges to provide access to disadvantaged communities in Latin America. The projects are selected such that there is a design component for any area in Civil Engineering, for example: structures, geotechnical, water resources, environmental, sustainability, or construction. This paper will expand our previous published results that show an improved satisfaction in the design experience for the teams involved with the international experience and also study and compare our observations regarding ABET student outcomes by expanding these types of projects into domestic service learning projects. Moreover, the improvements in senior design project definition, coordination and management will be recommended to help achieve the overall international experience outcomes to any project.
Budny, D., & Arjmand, S., & Sanchez, D. V. (2016, June), Comparison of Students’ Outcome to Different Types of Project Based Service Learning Experiences for CEE Senior Design Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26538
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