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Global and Experiential Learning for Engineering Technology Students
Experiential Learning (EL) is a philosophy in which educators purposefully engage learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to maximize learning, increase knowledge, and develop skills. Based on the famous experiential learning model developed by David A. Kolb there are four stages in a learning process: Concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract conceptualization and active experimentation. This model shows how theory, concrete experience, reflection and active experimentation can be brought together to produce richer learning than any of these elements can on its own. There are many avenues of concrete experience for the students in engineering technology programs at the University of Cincinnati, such as internships or co-ops, service learning courses, study abroad programs, field projects, academic research, etc. This paper will describe how two faculty members in the Mechanical Engineering Technology department in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) designed and delivered two avenues of concrete experience. One is a service learning course with entrepreneurship for honors scholars and the other is a study abroad course for all engineering technology students.
The University of Cincinnati (UC) is a large urban public institution with students from around the world. It is also classified as a research university by the Carnegie Commission. The city of Cincinnati is home to nine Fortune 500 companies. These businesses have global operations in the areas design, manufacturing, retailing, servicing, distribution, etc. The University of Cincinnati is very active in the global community. Our faculty members are involved in professional activities in more than 105 countries, from archaeologists in Turkey, biologists in Romania, planners in Indonesia, and engineers in Switzerland. The university is truly an international enterprise. To address growing international needs, the university has strengthened the language and culture requirements for the bachelor’s degree, along with setting goals for student study abroad and international co-op programs.
To meet these global needs, the University of Cincinnati has an established honors scholar programs and various study abroad programs. The honors program is only available to the best students in the university. The study abroad programs are open to the broader student body. These opportunities allow UC students to easily fit in the global workplace.
The University of Cincinnati Honors Program is comprised of the top 5% of the University of Cincinnati students and offers an engaging environment in which students are inspired to learn more, do more, and be more. Students are challenged through honors seminars and experiential learning projects, community engagement, research and novel applications of technologies, and creative arts.
Dave, J., & Dong, J. (2010, June), Global Experiential Learning For Engineering Technology Students Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/16681
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