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Instilling the Necessity of Lifelong Learning using Article Reviews

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Tricks of the Trade II

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New Engineering Educators

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23.764.1 - 23.764.7



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Walter W Schilling Jr. Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Walter Schilling is an Assistant Professor in the Software Engineering program at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, Wis. He received his B.S.E.E. from Ohio Northern University and M.S.E.S.and Ph.D. from the University of Toledo. He worked for Ford Motor Company and Visteon as an embedded software engineer for several years prior to returning for doctoral work. He has spent time at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and consulted for multiple embedded systems companies in the Midwest. In addition to one U.S. Patent, Schilling has numerous publications in refereed international conferences and other journals. He received the Ohio Space Grant Consortium Doctoral Fellowship, and
has received awards from the IEEE Southeastern Michigan and IEEE Toledo sections. He is a member of IEEE, IEEE Computer Society, and ASEE. At MSOE, he coordinates courses in software quality assurance, software verification, software engineering practices, real time systems, and operating systems, as well as teaching embedded systems software.

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Instilling the Necessity of Lifelong Learning using Article ReviewsAbstractABET Criterion 3 requires students to demonstrate “a recognition of the need for, and anability to engage in life-long learning.” To successfully obtain this skill by graduation, it isimperative that students be allowed to practice these skills in all classes. This leads to achallenge: how can one effectively integrate and assess student’s lifelong learning skills inall classes in an efficient manner? One mechanism for addressing lifelong learning skills isthe research paper. While the formal research paper provides the students with manyimportant skills, especially for those who intend to go on to graduate school, the verynature of the research paper may diminish its effectiveness at promoting lifelong learningfor the vast majority of students. Following the traditional format for a formal researchpaper also rules out the usage of podcasts and webinars, two evolving formats forinformation exchange.This article presents a mechanism for helping students to learn about the importance of lifelonglearning through the usage of short, non-intrusive “Article Summaries”. Article Summariesallow students, in a non-intrusive fashion, to learn in greater depth about the material which isbeing taught in a course as well as explore the differences in style between various mediaformats. Through student assessment data, article summaries are demonstrated to be a light-weight effective mechanism for increasing student engagement in a course as well as instilling anappreciation of the need to continually learn.

Schilling, W. W. (2013, June), Instilling the Necessity of Lifelong Learning using Article Reviews Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19778

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