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Impact of Nanotechnology Themed Learning Community (TLC) Program in Freshmen EngineeringA new Bachelor of Science track in Nanotechnology (Nanotechnology Track) has beendeveloped at the School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University Purdue UniversityIndianapolis (IUPUI). Within this track, a cohort of 25 freshman engineering students fromElectrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and Mechanical Engineering (ME) participated in ananotechnology Themed Learning Community (TLC) program. In this program, the studentsenroll and progress simultaneously in a group of three strategically connected freshmenengineering courses with a nanotechnology theme (Introduction to Engineering, Introduction toEngineering Profession, and Fundamentals of Speech Communication). TLC faculty membersclosely worked with each other to coordinate teaching and learning efforts that reflect the goalsof the developed nanotechnology track.This paper presents the components of the developed and implemented TLC program includingdetails of the courses (projects and hands-on experiences) and assessment data, showing theimpact on freshman engineering students in nanotechnology education. Comparative assessmentdata show, 20% higher freshmen retention in the TLC cohort than the traditional group, whichhighlights the impact of the TLC program on freshman engineering students in nanotechnologyeducation. Data also shows that the TLC (three courses) has guided over 75% of the studentstowards interests in nanotechnology tracks and research, and over 90% of the students indicatethat they are enjoying the multidisciplinary activities of the program. This may be attributed tothe “attached learning” when incorporating nanotechnology into real engineering applications,such as renewable energy, medicine, quantum computers, and many others.This project is partially funded by the NSF-Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE)program under award number 1042110.
Agarwal, M., & Rizkalla, M. E., & Shrestha, S., & Varahramyan, K. (2014, June), Impact of Nanotechnology Themed Learning Community (TLC) Program in Freshmen Engineering Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20590
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