June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
26.408.1 - 26.408.17
Engineering Technology / Advanced Manufacturing Program Reform: Modular, Self-Paced, Competency-based, Faculty- Mentored, and Open-Entry / Open-ExitAbstractPolk State College is in the process of utilizing NSF-ATE funding for the “Open Entry/OpenExit Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technology Project” (OEOE) to transition atraditional Engineering Technology Associate of Science degree program to a hybridcompetency-based, modular, OEOE, non-term, self-paced, learner-centered, faculty-mentoredformat. The program serves to educate two-year college and support secondary students inengineering technology related programs, creating career pathways into the high-performancefield of advanced manufacturing. Polk State’s OEOE Engineering Technology program isdeveloping, adapting, and implementing: educational reform - transitioning a traditional AS degree in Engineering Technology to an open entry / open exit competency-based, modular, open-lab, degree program; professional development – technical skills professional development for the college and secondary program faculty and pedagogical professional development for the college staff and faculty on competency-based program development and delivery; and outreach programs – increased collaboration with secondary feeder programs in the college’s service area, disruptive innovation applied to advisory council collaboration, and greater engagement with industry.The project is a direct response to industry needs and represents a strong partnership between thecollege, employers, secondary and four-year academic institutions, and regional and stateworkforce investment entities in Mid-Florida.The flexible modular format is based on the Fox Valley Technical College model but adaptedand enhanced to include best practices from competency-based programs (ie. Western GovernorsUniversity) to implement a true OEOE registration process, and work within the Florida CollegeSystem. This impacts technological education by: implementing a competency-based, self-paced,open-lab, modular (1 credit hour), faculty-mentored, non-term, OEOE program that is accessibleto working learners and is learner-centered rather than faculty-centered; building a collaborativerelationship between the secondary system and the college that embeds certification-basedarticulation resources and pathways into the program; and providing pathways to baccalaureatedegrees.This paper will present a progress update on this project with lessons learned, student feedback,and a discussion of the enablers and barriers experienced during implementation.
Roe, E. A., & Bartelt, T. (2015, June), Converting a Traditional Engineering Technology Program to a Competency-based, Self-paced, Open-entry/Open-exit Format Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23747
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