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Foundations Of Engineering, Science, And Technology (Fest)

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



Conference Session

Emerging Trends in Engineering Education

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9.621.1 - 9.621.9



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Michael Tang

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Lynn Johnson

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Session No. xxx

Foundations of Engineering and Technology (FEST) Program

Lynn E. Johnson, Michael Tang, Roxanne Byrne, Patrick Enright, Erica Johnson, Colleen Jorgenson and Terry Reeves

University of Colorado at Denver Arapahoe Community College and Red Rocks Community College


The University of Colorado at Denver has teamed with Arapahoe and Red Rocks Community Colleges to develop the Foundations of Engineering, Science and Technology (FEST) Program. FEST intends to dramatically increase capabilities for online and blended delivery of the core mathematics, engineering science, and information technology courses required for entry into a four-year engineering degree program. In this paper we will describe the: • FEST Program design and organizations, • Academic objectives using learning technologies, • Development of blended online versions of the FEST core courses, • Integration of engineering applications into the FEST core courses, • Development of a Collaborative E-Learning Library System (CELLS), and • Lessons learned.

FEST Program Design and Organizations

The FEST project involves collaboration among faculty and administrators from several institutions, including the CU at Denver College of Engineering and Department of Mathematics, the Arapahoe and Red Rocks Community Colleges. These are the people that develop and deliver pre-engineering courses preparatory to a four-year engineering degree. Engineers from the American Council of Engineering Companies provide guidance on applications of science and math principles in real world design projects. The courses include the basic science, mathematics, information technology and introductory engineering mechanics courses (Figure 1). The FEST Certificate Program intends to allow flexibility of course offerings so that students can complete pre- engineering requirements with assurance of quality and transferability to a 4-year engineering program. The courses are being developed for blended and on-line delivery using learning technologies of web-based courseware and digital media.

Flexibility of course deliveries is obtained by scheduling of FEST courses at each institution and allowing cross-registration for courses that are not offered. For example,

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ÆÉ 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Tang, M., & Johnson, L. (2004, June), Foundations Of Engineering, Science, And Technology (Fest) Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13385

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