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Developing a Primer for First-Year Engineering Educators

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2019 FYEE Conference


Penn State University , Pennsylvania

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July 28, 2019

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July 28, 2019

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July 30, 2019

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M1A: WIP - Learning experiences 1

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FYEE Conference - Paper Submission

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Jack Bringardner NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering Orcid 16x16

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Jack Bringardner is an Assistant Professor in the General Engineering Department and Civil Engineering Department at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He teaches the First-Year Engineering Program course Introduction to Engineering and Design. He is also the Director of Vertically Integrated Projects at NYU. His Vertically Integrated Projects course is on Smart Cities Technology with a focus on transportation. His primary focus is developing curriculum, mentoring students, and engineering education research, particularly for project-based curriculum, first-year engineering, and transportation. He is active in the American Society for Engineering Education and is the Webmaster for the ASEE First-Year Programs Division and the First-Year Engineering Experience Conference. He is affiliated with the Transportation Engineering program in the NYU Civil and Urban Engineering Department, and is the Associate Director for Education and Workforce Development Initiatives for the Connected Cities for Smart Mobility Towards Resilient Transportation Tier I USDOT University Transportation Center. He is the advisor for NYU student chapter of the Institute for Transportation Engineers.

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This Work-in-Progress paper lays the foundation for a primer for first-year engineering educators. A first-year engineering education primer is an introductory document on the fundamentals of research related to teaching, mentoring, and coordinating the first-year engineering experience. The motivations for the First-Year Programs Division to develop this primer is the transfer of research outcomes and facilitation of informed decision making for practicing professionals. Primers are often developed in fields of study to assist with the dissemination of evidence-based best practices. New engineering educators, administrators, and advisors who have little experience with first-year engineering programs or education research can use the empirical data from the primer to effectively transfer research findings into the classroom and student experience. This work-in-progress paper documents preliminary research to determine the scope of the thematic topics to be included in the primer. The preliminary research is bounded by the American Society for Engineering Education First-Year Programs Division and First-Year Engineering Experience conference sessions, best papers, and call for papers. The topics generated in this study may also be used to refine future calls for papers and session themes. In the future, a committee or workshop could be used to refine these findings.

Bringardner, J. (2019, July), Developing a Primer for First-Year Engineering Educators Paper presented at 2019 FYEE Conference , Penn State University , Pennsylvania.

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