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ExCEEd Teaching Workshop: Tenth Year Anniversary
In response to the need for faculty training, the American Society of Civil Engineers developed and funded the ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Teaching Workshop that is today – the summer of 2008 – celebrating its tenth year of existence. For the past decade, nineteen ExCEEd Teaching Workshops (ETW) have been held at the United States Military Academy, the University of Arkansas, and Northern Arizona University, with two more workshops scheduled for this summer for a total of 21 offerings. ETW has realized 449 graduates from 203 different U.S. and international colleges and universities. This paper summarizes the content of ETW, assesses its effectiveness, highlights changes in the program as a result of the assessment, and outlines future directions. The assessment data were obtained from multiple survey instruments conducted during each workshop, surveys taken six months to a year after the workshop, and a ten year longitudinal survey.
Many new engineering faculty members at major colleges and universities are assigned courses of instruction and students to teach without any formal training on how to teach. The result is often a trial and error approach where real students can suffer the consequences. Seymour and Hewitt1 concluded in a study of 355 students at seven institutions that poor teaching (inadequate organization, ineffective presentation, inaccessible faculty) was the most common student complaint and was a cause for many to leave math, science and engineering programs. In response to the need for faculty training, the American Society of Civil Engineers developed and funded the ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Teaching Workshop that is today – in the summer of 2008 – celebrating its tenth year of existence. For the past decade, twenty-one ExCEEd Teaching Workshops (ETW) have been or will be held at the United States Military Academy, the University of Arkansas, and Northern Arizona University. The program has 449 graduates from over 203 different U.S. and international colleges and universities. The program has evolved from one initially relying on the dedication of its faculty and ASCE staff champions to one that is supported and embraced by department heads and deans.
The ETW is a highly intensive, hands-on, five-day workshop consisting of seminars, demonstration classes, and small group labs. The workshop focuses on basic teaching skills with the objective of helping participants improve their approach to teaching and their understanding of student learning. The overarching goal is to ultimately improve teaching and learning in civil (and related programs) programs nationwide. The ETW strategy relies on learning by doing. As such, most of the workshop consists of small group labs in which each attendee teaches three classes while receiving guidance and feedback from his or her group and mentor team. The workshop is designed to review and demonstrate the best methods of teaching and assessment, to integrate the latest in learning theories, and to provide ample opportunities for participants to apply and practice methods and theories. ETW has encouraged the development of a community of engineering educators passionate about teaching and learning in civil engineering.
Proceedings of the 2008 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 20081, American Society for Engineering Education
Estes, A., & Welch, R., & Ressler, S., & Dennis, N., & Larson, D., & Considine, C., & Nilsson, T., & O'Brien, J., & Lenox, T. (2008, June), Exceed Teaching Workshop: Tenth Year Anniversary Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3963
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