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Engagement in Practice: Building service focused multidisciplinary groups to develop adaptable solutions

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Community Engagement Division Technical Session 1

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Community Engagement Division

Page Count

7

DOI

10.18260/1-2--28229

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https://peer.asee.org/28229

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Micaela Sandoval Texas A&M Health Science Center

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Micaela is a Master in Public Health candidate in Epidemiology at Texas A&M University, interested in protozoan parasitology, neglected tropical diseases, and infectious disease epidemiology. Her current research interests center around disparities in healthcare access and education, diseases of poverty, and emerging zoonotic diseases. Her education research centers around the evaluation of diversity and inclusion measures at Colleges and Schools of Public Health and the development of innovative service learning curricula.

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Malini Natarajarathinam Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-1684-6476

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Dr. Malini Natarajarathinam is an Associate professor with Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution. She teaches classes on strategic relationships for industrial distribution and distribution logistics. She is interested in researching on the impact of high impact practices on the learning and engagement of students in Industrial Distribution and other STEM disciplines. She is also interested in creating awareness about Industrial Distribution and related STEM fields among the public.

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Lauren Neala Holder Texas A&M University

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Mary Kathryn McDougal Texas A&M University

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Mary E Campbell Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-6125-191X

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Bruce E. Herbert Texas A&M University

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Dr. Bruce Herbert is Professor of Geology and currently serves as the Director of the Office of Scholarly Communications in the Sterling C. Evans library At Texas A&M. As Director of OSC, Dr. Herbert is responsible for strengthening the Library’s efforts in scholarly communications and open access through engagement and collaboration with the faculty across campus at Texas A&M University.

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Abstract

The opportunity to design new products, processes, systems and services arises with development in technology and customer need. In today’s world, designers need to consider how products will be made and used in addition to how they will work. We must provide opportunities for our students to learn to design solutions to complex problems that are easily adaptable and incorporate awareness of the social context in which they will be used. Solutions should consider socio-technical systems in an attempt to generate more equitable outcomes, because these solutions are more likely to be used if they incorporate a degree of social awareness on top of technologically adaptable tools. Faculty in Engineering, Sociology, and Computer Technology have come together to develop a multidisciplinary service-learning class for this purpose. With this focus, students in distribution logistics, sociology, and technology management classes will be organized into a learning community to work on a semester-long project with community agencies. The project will require students to collect data on agencies’ current processes and challenges and develop operational capabilities for the future. The class will be designed by several experts, curriculum consultants, and campus leaders and will be offered for the first time in Spring 2017. This paper will discuss the structure, expectations, and anticipated results of the course. Learning objectives, topics that overlap the disciplines, and methods used to expose students to these topics and objectives will also be provided. The effectiveness of this class will be based on assessments through semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and surveys of student engagement within the learning community, multidisciplinary learning, and the adaptability of solutions designed by students and provided to community agencies.

Sandoval, M., & Natarajarathinam, M., & Holder, L. N., & McDougal, M. K., & Campbell, M. E., & Herbert, B. E. (2017, June), Engagement in Practice: Building service focused multidisciplinary groups to develop adaptable solutions Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28229

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