Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
This paper details the development, implementation, and assessment process for the achievement of specific learning outcomes in the Summer Engineering Experience program implemented at a college in the Northeastern region of the United States. This five week summer program is designed to prepare first-year students for engineering curriculums. The development and implementation of this program is supported by the Department of Education federal fund as part of Title III, Part F, HSI-STEM and Articulation grant (Award#P031C160021).
This program is designed with an objective to enhance students’ hands-on, computational, programming, communication, and problem solving skills. The SEE program has been offered during the summer to first-year engineering students since 2016. It is offered Monday through Thursday (8:00 am to 4:00 pm) with lectures and hands-on classes covering topics related to engineering computation using MATLAB and C++, aerodynamics, bridge truss design & analysis, technical writing and presentation. The Friday session of the SEE program is designated for educational seminars and technical workshops.
The development and implementation process of the SEE program has been presented to the 2016 ASEE annual conference. In this paper a set of learning outcomes was introduced based on specific class topics and students’ group reports and project presentations. A rubric score was used to assess the attainment of those learning outcomes in the preparation of freshman students for engineering programs. As part of this study, students in the SEE program are monitored through their core courses in sophomore and junior years, and their performance in those classes is to be compared with the performance of other students who did not participate in the SEE program.
Students group projects are presented on the last day of the summer session, and their performance based on attainment of specific learning outcomes is evaluated by faculty members. Also, as an indirect measure, a rubric survey based on the contents of the SEE is distributed to students to assess the effectiveness of the SEE program. The details and implementation process of the SEE program, the assessment of the program, and the continuous improvements to the program are to be presented and discussed during the 2018 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings.
Rahemi, H., & Elzawawy , A., & Ducharme, M. (2018, June), Enhancing Students' Learning Outcomes Through Freshman Summer Engineering Experience (SEE) Programs Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30432
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