New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
A two-week course on solid state lighting was developed as part of a summer overseas immersion programme (OIP) offered at the University of XXXX to students from the YYYY and the University of Electronic Science and Technology. The aim of the OIP is to provide students with an international academic and cultural experience while building stronger ties to the University of XXXX and getting to know Scotland. The cohort of students was composed of 27 Year 1 students and 5 Year 2 students, all of whom were Chinese nationals for whom English was a second language.
The educational aims of the 10 credit course were to introduce the phenomena responsible for incandescent, fluorescent, and solid state lights, discuss issues in product design, describe associated technologies used in solid state lighting, demonstrate applications of solid state lighting during industrial and cultural visits as well as laboratory exercises, and to integrate the concepts into practice via a brief design activity. Another aim of the course was to support the development of oral English skills and technical English vocabulary through a series of active learning activities with third-year University of XXXX engineering students as laboratory demonstrators, engagement with engineers and technologies during the visits as well as with a speaker on engineering product design during one of the lecture sessions, and oral presentations on the last day of the course. Student awareness of the applications of solid state lighting as well as an introduction to Scotland and its history was developed through a series of university, company, and cultural tours.
Formal assessment of student learning about solid state lighting was based upon two written reports, an oral presentation about the design project, and an evaluation of the design during a fashion show of wearable optoelectronic ‘bling’ as well as a survey of student evaluation of instruction. Assessment of the achievement of the programme goals related to the students’ cultural experiences was obtained via a conversations with a student focus group, from a review of comments in the student evaluation of instruction, and informal conversations with the students during and after the OIP. The results of these assessments will be discussed. A review of the programme by the staff will be presented that describes best practices and recommendations for improvements that address both the technical and soft skill development as well as issues associated with course management.
Meehan, K., & Phillips, A., & Bremner, D. J., & Phillips, K. (2016, June), Overseas Immersion Program: Solid-State Lighting in Two Weeks Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25846
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