June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
October 19, 2019
Perspectives on Service Learning: Challenges, Successes, and Opportunities
Community Engagement Division
Since 2010, George Fox University has required all engineering program graduates to complete a service-learning course. Initially, projects were identified by key faculty with a focus on clients. This process proved difficult to maintain, and students were not engaged in selecting the project. Three years ago, the program shifted to student-discovered projects. During the summer, students watched videos that provided a brief instruction on how to find a project for the course. Over the next two years, faculty determined that these student-identified projects were frequently not good matches for the course. To remedy this, faculty decided to set aside the first several weeks of the semester to walk students through a process to identify meaningful projects. This process was derived from the Human-Centered Design course developed by IDEO. During the summer, students identified areas of societal interest and were grouped during the identification stage to find a project.
In addition to describing the evolution of the program, a statistical analysis of student perceptions of the engineering design process and the influence of service experience is presented. These longitudinal data indicate that student perceptions remained consistent throughout all updates to the program.
The details of this paper will provide information to other programs in their development of similar courses. Through the discussion of ongoing areas of concern, those implementing similar programs will gain exposure to issues that are sure to arise.
Foster, M., & Spivey, G. E. (2019, June), Implementing Human-Centered Design into an Engineering Service Course: Development and Evaluation Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32944
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