June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Continuing Professional Development
22.1136.1 - 22.1136.4
Proposal for Panel Discussion (Entire Session) Completing the Cycle of Innovation: Fostering Implementation of Best PracticesIn 2009, the ASEE published a report entitled Creating a Culture for Scholarly and SystematicInnovation in Engineering Education: Ensuring U.S. Engineering has the Right People with theRight Talent for a Global Society, arguing that systematic practice and application ofengineering education research is crucial if engineering education is to continually refresh itselfto keep pace with rapidly evolving technologies and societal needs. To this end, the ASEEReport proposes the enculturation of a continuous closed-loop “innovation cycle” in which (1)Educational Practice identifies and motivates important (2) Questions which are clearly posedand formulated, leading to (3) rigorous Educational Research, (4) resulting in Insights andAnswers that are implemented back into (1) Educational Practice.Activities corresponding to the first three elements of this cycle abound, as evidenced by thenumerous research publication and proposals related to engineering education. These types ofproducts are characterized by producing fundamentally new pedagogies and findings, with thepresumption that these new products can be disseminated through the adoption andimplementation by other educators.However, implementation seems to be less actively pursued, and is perhaps the “missing link”in the Cycle of Innovation. Indeed, quoting from the Engineer of 2020 (NAE, 2005), the ASEEReport laments that “[u]nlike the technical community, wherein data-driven results from onelab have widespread impact on the work of peers, many educational reformers have notincorporated research on learning into their work”. Replacing “educational reformers” with“instructors” and “work” with “teaching” further illuminates the issue.In response to these circumstances, the Strategic Engineering Education Development (SEED)Office at the University of XXX proposes to host a panel discussion focusing on the importanceof Implementation of best practices in the Cycle of Innovation. Both barriers againstimplementation and strategies to foster it will be discussed and debated.To date, the following persons have expressed willingness to participate as panelists: Cindy Atman, University of Washington Anna Dollár, Miami University of Ohio Christopher Papadopoulos and Aidsa Santiago, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Sunil Saigal, New Jersey Institute of Technology Matthew Ohland and Ruth Streveler, Purdue UniversityThe organizers (contained in the above list, but not identified yet for purposes of the abstractreview) will take responsibility to communicate with the panelists to share ideas and obtain asummary of each panelist’s comments. This information will be presented in the draft paper inJanuary. They will also develop guidelines for length of time per panelist to ensure that ampletime is available for audience participation and discussion.
Santiago-Roman, A. I., & Papadopoulos, C., & Ohland, M. W., & Streveler, R. A., & Dollar, A., & Atman, C. J., & Turns, J. A., & P.E., S. S. (2011, June), Panel Discussion: Completing the Cycle of Innovation in Engineering Education by Fostering Implementation of Best Practices Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18446
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