June 15, 1997
June 15, 1997
June 18, 1997
2.195.1 - 2.195.6
Faculty Collaboration and Course Coordination with Feeder Campuses using Information Technologies
Dhushy Sathianathan, Carol Dwyer, Marsha King, Eric Spielvogel The Pennsylvania State University
With a growing emphasis on vertical and horizontal integration of engineering curriculum there is a growing need for strong coordination among the engineering courses. This coordination is necessary for accreditation specially in courses that satisfy design requirements. Four-year engineering institutions that receive a significant percentage of their graduates transferring from two-year institutions or community colleges have the enormous task of coordinating their curriculum across institutional boundaries.
This paper outlines a coordination and collaboration model that has been developed and implemented at the Pennsylvania State University. The model has been implemented on a first- year design course taught at 19 campuses in the Penn State system. The model involves developing a new course structure, identifying coordination team, identifying coordination mechanisms using appropriate technology, faculty development, and incentives to sustain long- term coordination.
A COURSE STRUCTURE FOR COORDINATION
Several of the colleges in the NSF sponsored Engineering Education Coalition have efforts 1,2 underway to redesign the first-year engineering course as a design course . This is also one of the missions of the ECSEL (Engineering Coalition of Schools for Excellence in Education and Leadership), where Penn State plays a leading role in developing a model for course coordination among multiple campuses.
The 19 campuses of Penn State provide access to 1800 engineering students per year. These students can take the first-year engineering course at any of the 19 locations. This presents a serious challenge in terms of ensuring consistency in course expectations, competencies, content, and types of learning experiences offered at the various locations.
The key to implementation of a course that successfully meets the course expectations at multiple campus locations is that the faculty teaching the course must have “ownership” of the course.
King, M., & Spielvogel, E., & Dwyer, C., & Sathianathan, D. (1997, June), Faculty Collaboration And Course Coordination With Feeder Campuses Using Information Technologies Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. https://peer.asee.org/6567
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