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Experiential Learning: Student Participation and Future Engagement

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Cooperative & Experiential Education Division Technical Session 2

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Cooperative & Experiential Education

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26.722.1 - 26.722.13



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Twila Ortiz Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Twila Ortiz is the Director of Undergraduate Affairs in the College of Engineering at Purdue University. Ortiz works with undergraduate students and faculty to help meet the goals of the College's Strategic Plan.

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Beth M Holloway Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Beth Holloway is the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education and Director of the Women in Engineering Program (WIEP) in the College of Engineering at Purdue University. She is the current chair of the Women in Engineering Division of ASEE. Holloway received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education, all from Purdue University.

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Michael T. Harris Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Michael “Mike” Harris is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and the Reilly Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Professor of Environmental and Ecological Engineering in the College of Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette. He was a Purdue University Faculty Scholar from 2002 to 2007, served as the Programming Chair and Chair of the ASEE Minority Division (2011-2014); and was named Fellow of AIChE (2009), won the AIChE Grimes Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering (2005), and the AIChE Minority Affairs Distinguished Service Award (2009). . He is the author of 95 peer-reviewed publications and 10 patents. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering in 1981 from Mississippi State University, and both his MS (1987) and PhD (1992) degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Harris's research is in the areas of nanomaterials, colloids and interfacial phenomena, transport phenomena, particle science and technology, microwave sensing of pharmaceutical powders, solidification of drug/excipient matrices, environmental control technology, and electrodispersion precipitation processes.

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Andrea R Pluckebaum Purdue University, West Lafayette


Leah H. Jamieson Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Leah Jamieson is the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering at Purdue University, Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and holds a courtesy appointment in Purdue’s School of Engineering Education. She served as the 2007 President and CEO of the IEEE. She is co-founder and past director of the EPICS – Engineering Projects in Community Service – Program. With colleagues Edward Coyle and William Oakes, Jamieson was awarded the 2005 NAE Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education for the creation and dissemination of EPICS. She was an inaugural recipient of the NSF’s Director’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars and has been recognized with the IEEE Education Society’s 2000 Harriet B. Rigas “Outstanding Woman Engineering Educator” Award, the Carnegie Foundation’s Indiana Professor of the Year Award, the Anita Borg Institute’s “Women of Vision Award for Social Impact,” and the Simon Bolivar medal from the National Ministry of Education of Colombia. She was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering “for innovations in integrating engineering education and community service” and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the IEEE and ASEE, an Eminent Member of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu, an Honorary Member of Tau Beta Pi, and has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Drexel University. Jamieson received her S.B. in Mathematics from MIT and her PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University.

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Experiential Learning: Understanding our Students’ PerspectivesIn 2014, the Gallup-Purdue Index Report examined the relationship between certain collegiateexperiences and workplace engagement. It found that experiences or experiential learningopportunities such as participating in a co-op program, internship or working on projects thatdeveloped over one semester more deeply affect the level of a graduate’s workplace engagementand therefore productivity and overall well-being. While it is apparent how importantexperiential learning can be to the future success and well-being of students, it is more difficultto measure all of the activities that can be labeled as experiential learning and to define whatconstitutes a meaningful experiential learning opportunity.This paper will examine the results of a survey used to measure an undergraduate engineeringpopulation’s involvement in experiential learning activities that was given to 7105 undergraduatestudents at one institution. The results reflect that students are participating in a wide variety ofactivities that could be considered experiential learning, however the results also suggest thatthere is a need to refine the definition of experiential learning as it pertains specifically toengineering. For example, is a single project in a design-build course a significant experientiallearning experience or is a traditional semester abroad which doesn’t include any engineeringfocus? Additionally, this paper will discuss a tool which can be shared with academicstakeholders to guide students towards participating in experiences which will serve to aid themin career goals as they progress through their curricula, not just as a final report at the end oftheir academic tenure.

Ortiz, T., & Holloway, B. M., & Harris, M. T., & Pluckebaum, A. R., & Jamieson, L. H. (2015, June), Experiential Learning: Student Participation and Future Engagement Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24059

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