Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Community Engagement Division
XXXX is a curricular approach to engagement involving undergraduates in the development, design, delivery and support of technology-based solutions to meet needs in the local and global communities. XXXX co-develops and implements solutions with community partners using a human-centered design approach, actively engaging stakeholders in every stage. Since the creation of the program in 1995, over 400 projects have been delivered ranging from software that allows agencies to coordinate services and protect privacy, to a constructed wetland that purifies agricultural runoff, to an iPad app that helps children with autism communicate, to a new school in rural Ecuador, or an accessible camp for children with disabilities. XXXX is institutionalized and sustained with recurring funds, faculty teaching credit, corporate support and courses counting for credit within every college in the university. The program has been recognized by the NAE, ASEE, Campus Compact, IEEE and others for its impact in education and community engagement. The program has grown to enroll over 1100 students per year working on 147 projects impacting 83,111 people directly and 447,983 indirectly. This growth includes a doubling in enrollment over the last seven years and a change in the distribution of students as more first and second year students have been integrated into the design teams. These changes have created opportunities and challenges. The curricular processes that were used for the first two decades of the program have been redesigned to accommodate the growth of the program. This paper will discuss the current approaches and challenges that scaling has provided. It will include a comparison in student and community evaluations as well as samples of student reflections.
Oakes, W. C., & Pierce, A., & Abu-Mulaweh, N. (2018, June), Engagement in Practice: Scaling Community-based Design Experiences Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30376
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