San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.912.1 - 25.912.15
Manufacturing Workforce - report on NSF-ATE project pertaining to Mechatronics Technician developmentAbstract Purdue University Calumet, IN, IvyTech Community College, IN, and College of DuPage,IL jointly received an NSF-ATE grant for workforce development in the area of mechatronicsengineering technology. The project goals are: 1) augment and reorganize existing electricaland mechanical engineering technology courses into thirty-two enhanced modules at threedifferent tiers, 2) incorporate experiential learning in each module level so that the modules aremeaningful, practical, and 3) incorporate innovative delivery of lecture and laboratorymaterials. This includes: remote interactive delivery, synchronous online delivery, remotelaboratory functions, asynchronous delivery, and delivery using virtual classroom with studentshaving 24/7 remote access anytime, anywhere, and on any platform. The Innovative aspects ofthe project are: a) meet student learning needs based on their diverse educational background,b) provide multiple delivery options, c)complete modules (rather than courses) to receive creditor certificate(s), and d)provide seamless transition among partnering institutions in theirrespective degree programs. The major focus of the project are in two areas: 1) augmentingand enhancing existing courses in modular forms at various tiers and disciplines, with majorityof the material being already available from existing courses, and 2) develop and implementcontinuous improvement plan based on assessment and evaluation of learning outcomes foreach module. Deliverables from the project are: Thirty-two, 2 or 4 weeks modules that carrycrossover concepts among electrical, mechanical, and computer topics. The modules will beprogressive in level of difficulty and transferable from one discipline to another. At least fiftypercent of these modules will have experiential learning components. This paper describes the progress made in the project’s first 16 months in terms ofinnovation, module development, level of participation, industry partnership, experientiallearning, and college credits for participants. It also describes the outcomes related to theproject goals through formative measures, and subjective assessments.
Latif, N., & Zahraee, M. A., & Sikoski, A., & Rosul, B. (2012, June), Manufacturing Workforce: Report on NSF-ATE Project Pertaining to Mechatronics Technician Development Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21669
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