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Integration of Curricular and Extra-Curricular Learning Through Service

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Learning Through Service

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Community Engagement Division

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26.996.1 - 26.996.17



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William C. Oakes Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16

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William (Bill) Oakes is the Director of the EPICS Program and one of the founding faculty members of the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He has held courtesy appointments in Mechanical, Environmental and Ecological Engineering as well as Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. He is a registered professional engineer and on the NSPE board for Professional Engineers in Higher Education. He has been active in ASEE serving in the FPD, CIP and ERM. He is the past chair of the IN/IL section. He is a fellow of the Teaching Academy and listed in the Book of Great Teachers at Purdue University./ He was the first engineering faculty member to receive the national Campus Compact Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning. He was a co-recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s Bernard Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education and the recipient of the National Society of Professional Engineers’ Educational Excellence Award and the ASEE Chester Carlson Award. He is a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

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Carla B. Zoltowski Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Carla B. Zoltowski, Ph.D., is Co-Director of the EPICS Program at Purdue University. She received her B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering and Ph.D. in engineering education, all from Purdue University. She has served as a lecturer in Purdue’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Zoltowski’s academic and research interests include human-centered design learning and assessment, service-learning, ethical reasoning development and assessment, leadership, and assistive technology.

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Katherine Schmotzer

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Ana Paula Valenca Purdue EPICS

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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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