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ExCEEd II: Advanced Training for Even Better Teaching
In 2007, the American Society of Civil Engineering’s Committee on Faculty Development (CFD) conducted a longitudinal survey of all the past participants of the ExCEEd Teaching Workshop (ETW). The CFD received 173 responses, representing 40% of the ETW population at that time, to its survey about skills and the long term value of ETW. Important to this paper, 73% of the survey respondents said that they were interested in attending a post, advanced ETW. Motivated by these survey results, the CFD began its planning for a pilot ExCEEd II workshop during the 2008-2009 academic year. In the summer of 2009, ASCE offered its first ExCEEd II workshop for past ETW participants. This paper describes the day and a half ExCEEd II workshop along with a summary of results captured from two structured evaluations. All activities, except two, received average scores for value and conduct of 4.0 or better on a 1.0 to 5.0 scale. The participant teaching experience followed by the demonstration class taught by a master teacher were rated the highest in terms of their value to the participants. For some participants, the hands-on teaching experience coupled with the constructive and supportive feedback environment were cited as the main reasons for attending ExCEEd II. The program’s cost was deemed reasonable and appropriate to the length, value, and conduct of the workshop. The participants recommended increasing the length of the workshop to two days; incorporating two participant teaching sessions; providing more information or time to the topics of brain functions, problem based learning, ETW review, and short in-class demonstrations or models; and adding content on evaluating student learning and integrating new teaching technologies.
In the summer of 2008, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ ExCEEd Teaching Workshop (ETW) celebrated its tenth year of existence 1, 2. By the summer of 2010, twenty-five ETWs will have been delivered, producing nearly 545 graduates from over 200 different U.S. and international colleges and universities. These workshops have been hosted by the United States Military Academy, the University of Arkansas, and Northern Arizona University. A new site at the University of Colorado, Boulder is opening this summer.
Post ETW participant surveys have yielded a large body of anecdotal evidence about the accrued benefits of this hands-on, learning-by-doing workshop 3,4,5,6. One consistent theme regularly identified by the workshop site directors was the interest by participants for a second, more advanced, ExCEEd-type experience. In 2007, ASCE’s Committee on Faculty Development (CFD), a national-level committee tasked with overseeing ETW, conducted a longitudinal survey of the past participants of ETW to detect the long-term impacts of the workshop and to determine the level of interest for an ExCEEd II workshop. Motivated by the overall positive
Larson, D., & Estes, A., & Dennis, N., & Welch, R., & Considine, C. (2010, June), Exceed Ii: Advanced Training For Even Better Teaching Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--15722
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