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Community Engagement Division
Service learning was chosen as one of the three high-impact practices to focus on in OurU’s quality enhancement plan (QEP) for regional accreditation review, along with undergraduate research and internships. However, within the college of engineering very little formal service learning was being conducted. One initial area of focus for the engineering college’s service learning opportunities was in the major-specific orientation classes offered by the departments.
Prior to the QEP, service learning was only part of the industrial and systems engineering (ISYE) orientation course. In that course, groups of students were matched to a community partner to solve an appropriate industrial engineering-related problem for them. That term project was designed to be a hands-on approach to the material in the project management, communication, and teamwork content areas of the course, in addition to giving students the opportunity to practice ISYE functions related to their community agency’s problem. In year one of the QEP the college expanded service learning to the mechanical engineering (ME) and mechatronics engineering (MTRE) departments’ orientation courses as well. The ME course already included a popular “pumpkin launch” term project and the MTRE course included a robotics competition. Both events were open to the community for attendance. The course instructors added a service learning component to the projects by offering opportunities for K-12 students attending the event to interact with the engineering students to learn more about engineering, in addition to formal reflection opportunities for the freshmen in the courses.
This paper details the successes and the ‘lessons learned’ through service learning in engineering orientation classes at OurU, including feedback from the instructors and students. We also explain future plans for expansion into other engineering majors’ orientation courses.
Lowder, M. L., & Scherrer, C. R., & McFall, K. S., & Veazie, D. R. (2020, June), Engagement in Practice: Establishing a Culture of Service Learning in Engineering Orientation Classes at KSU Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34535
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