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Learning to Live with Floods: Pedagogical Advantages of a Thematic Short Course Centered on International ExposureThe increasingly global nature of all fields of engineering has created new pressures on educators toprovide valuable international experience to their respective engineering students. The InternationalPerspectives in Water Resource Science & Management (IPWRSM) course is steeped in over tenyears of history in international experiences that have been provided to both graduate students andundergraduate students alike. Recognizing the need to expose students to the international facets ofthe engineering and research workplaces, the IPWRSM course aims to provide students with theinternational experience gained in a traditional study abroad course while overcoming the obstaclesto enrollment that result in typical under-representation of engineering students. In addition toproviding engineering curriculum, an opportunity to connect engineering education organizations indifferent parts of the world is also provided. The rigors of the highly demanding engineeringcurriculum have been circumvented by the application of a short-term model that provides distinctpedagogical advantages over semester long study abroad courses.A 2010 two week excursion to the Netherlands and the United Kingdom presents a case study thatshowcases the introduction to concepts present in differing academic and professional cultures. Thetheme of “Learning to Live with Floods” provided students experience to cutting edge floodmanagement and modeling techniques. This exposure served to enhance students’ academic goalsin a fashion that would be impossible during the course of typical engineering curricula. The widevariety of lectures, presentations, and field trips are provided in a context that serves to acclimatestudents to a career that is increasingly likely to be multicultural and global. Surveys that werecompleted both before and after the Netherlands/UK offering of the course, in conjunction withsurveys from a previous course to Egypt, provide quantitative evidence towards the benefits of theshort-term model. Evidence points toward the fact that the IPWRSM form of the short-term studyabroad model prepares students for the increasingly global environment of the engineeringworkplace, and the model must be developed further and find more wide-spread implementation.Figure 1: Montage of photographs demonstrating the wide variety of exposure provided throughoutthe course.References that aid in providing a basis for work undertaken:DiBiasio, David, and Natalie A. Mello. "Multilevel Assessment of Program Outcomes: Assessing aNontraditional Study Abroad Program in the Engineering Disciplines." Frontiers: TheInterdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2004: 237-252.Lohmann, Jack R., Howard A. Rollins, and J. Joseph Hoey. "Defining, developing, and assessingglobal competence in engineers." European Journal of Engineering Education, 2006: 119-131Sheppard, Keith, Peter Dominick, and Zvi Aronson. "Preparing Engineering Students for the NewBusiness Paradigm of International Teamwork and Global Orientation." International Journal ofEngineering Education, 2004: 475-483.
Boland, S. J., & Schaefer, M. V., & Langel, C. M., & Tigges, T. M., & Bertrand, F., & Muste, M., & Hingst, Z. D., & Middlemis-Brown, T. J. (2011, June), Learning to Live with Floods: Pedagogical Advantages of a Thematic Short Course Centered on International Exposure Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18268
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