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Full paper: Re-imagining a first year design course to incorporate service-learning while minimizing traditional challenges

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2018 FYEE Conference


Glassboro, New Jersey

Publication Date

July 24, 2018

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July 24, 2018

End Date

July 26, 2018

Conference Session

Technical Session III

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Diversity and FYEE Conference Sessions

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Jonathan Elliot Gaines University of South Florida

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Jonathan E. Gaines is faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of South Florida. He is the Director of First Year Experiential Education and Learning. Through this position, he develops and implements the curriculum for USF's Foundations of Engineering Lab course. He is also the Principle Investigator for Bulls Engineering Youth Experience (Bulls-EYE Mentoring) a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math based outreach program that uses undergraduate students to mentor middle school youth.

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The University of South Florida is exploring the feasibility of a service-learning based first year engineering design course that addresses some traditional service-learning challenges. Some of these challenges include logistical difficulties with community partners, group work assessment and accountability, effectiveness of the course for students with varying skills, and the delicate balance between providing structure to help with project success and freedom to explore meaningful solutions. During the Fall 2017 semester, two sections of 45 students completed service-learning projects as part of their first year engineering design experience through a course uniquely designed to address these challenges. Students were given an adaptation of Gelmon [1] service-learning based pre- post- surveys to evaluate the effectiveness of the course.

Gaines, J. E. (2018, July), Full paper: Re-imagining a first year design course to incorporate service-learning while minimizing traditional challenges Paper presented at 2018 FYEE Conference, Glassboro, New Jersey. 10.18260/1-2--31412

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