June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Community Engagement Division
26.996.1 - 26.996.17
1 Integration of Curricular and Extra-Curricular Learning Through Service“Learning Through Service” (LTS) experiences, which encompass a broad set of engagementactivities with goals of achieving broad academic learning outcomes that range fromvolunteerism to service-learning are becoming more prevalent within engineering programs.Engineering LTS programs have generated a great deal of interest from both faculty and studentsthat has resulted in numerous student chapters of professional organizations addressing human,community and environmental needs locally and globally. Faculty workshops on communityengagement have seen a dramatic increase in interest and attendance of the last several years.With the benefits of LTS on learning, recruitment, and retention, and the interest of students andfaculty, it is surprising that the pedagogy has not become more wide spread within engineeringundergraduate curricula. Engineering has been slower to adopt service-learning pedagogy thanmany other disciplines within the U.S.. This is particularly evident as the majority of the LTSefforts remain outside the undergraduate curriculum and are often localized and non-sustainablein their current forms. Integrating LTS approaches into the curriculum has great potential forimpacting engineering education and developing scalable and sustainable models for LTS. Thispaper examines an integration of a popular LTS extra-curricular approach with a successfulcurricular-based LTS program. The paper will describe how the integration of the curricularstructure has supported the student learning and project development work while maintainingstudent leadership and ownership. Discussions will also describe how the course and studentorganization interact and are organized to complement each other. Data from the first semesterpilot will be shared including organizational structure, assessment processes, student surveys andreflections. Initial findings are encouraging and will be shared so that they can scaled to otherinstitutions and applications.
Oakes, W. C., & Zoltowski, C. B., & Schmotzer, K., & Valenca, A. P. (2015, June), Integration of Curricular and Extra-Curricular Learning Through Service Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24333
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