June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Community Engagement Division
23.704.1 - 23.704.9
AbstractImplementing a service learning class for undergraduate engineers with little required budget Service Learning (SL) classes provide engineering students both a chance gain hands-onexperience and to increase societal responsibility. Research has shown benefits to engineering studentswho engage in service learning as a part of their curriculum1,2. However, developing a SL class oftenrequires a great deal of time in planning as well as a considerable budget for implementing projects.In this paper, we demonstrate the development of a SL class that requires very little to no budget. Thiscourse could be used as a starting point for creating a SL program. Our class, Introduction to ProjectManagement, introduces skills necessary in all engineering fields. Students work with area communitieson projects identified by each community. Interested communities are determined through the regionalplanning commission. Students are responsible for managing the initial phases of the projects throughthe development of plans, schedules and budgets. The deliverables from the students can then be usedby the communities as a tool for grant applications. The regional planning commission aids thecommunities by finding applicable funding agencies. Team web pages are used by students andinstructor to communicate project information and status during the project. Methodology and possiblefollow up courses are discussed in the paper. Pre and Post student surveys were conducted on studentperceptions of social responsibility and on the value of using web-enabled communication and reporting.1 Astin, A., Vogelgosang, L., Ikeda, E., & Yee, J. (2000). How Service Learning Affects Students. UCLA. LA: HigherEducation Research Institute.2 Dukhan,N., Schumack, M., (2010) Reflection-based assessment of service learning in undergraduate engineering.International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, Vol 5, No. 2, pp 32-43.
Schuman, J. B., & Grasman, K. (2013, June), Implementing a service learning class for undergraduate engineers with little required budget Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19718
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