Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Cooperative and Experiential Education
Writing is the most important way in which information can be communicated in engineering field. Although understanding the contents of an engineering discipline is very important, however, engineers become much more appreciated if they know how to convey their expertise to a variety of audiences. This paper reports on a collaboration between a writing professor and Engineering Enrichment Program at an international branch campus in the Middle East. Over the course of three semesters, a technical and business writing course was redesigned by integrating prototyping, collaboration, and entrepreneurship skills. Drawing upon course evaluation and survey data, we evaluate the effectiveness of our interdisciplinary, integrated approach to engineering education. From the perspective of writing and communication, students gained a stronger understanding of workplace audiences and expectations. Additionally, the experiential learning focus in the course engaged students in deeper reflective practices in both writing and engineering. We conclude with recommendations for others redesigning courses and curricula for 21st century literacies and global entrepreneurship. We also examine future directions for the course in the coming years.
Hodges, A., & Al Hamidi, Y. M. (2018, June), Improving Students' Writing Skills by Integrating Prototyping Activities in their Writing Course Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30636
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