June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Two Year College Division
Joint research projects between two and four year institutions may be fraught with unforeseen pitfalls which contribute to the eventual failure of the collaboration. In this paper, the authors document their experiences in identifying and overcoming differences in culture and expectation that have already been seen in the first few months of a collaborative NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grant that utilizes the joint expertise of process technology instructors at a two-year college and chemical engineering faculty at a four-year research university in different Western states. We have identified significant differences in our expectations for what students will do with the same concepts, what portions of a concept are most important to students, and what students will be able to do that demonstrates competency. One key component for success is that the authors have been able to acknowledge and respect each other’s differing perspectives and expertise. By understanding the differences in emphasis for our programs, we have been able to adapt materials created for use in teaching engineering students to providing process technology students a low-cost, useful hands-on experience.
Golter, P. B., & Van Wie, B. J., & Laube, J. (2017, June), Developing a working 2-year/4-year research program: experiences from the first year of a collaborative ATE grant. Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28136
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