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Project-based study abroad programs in Engineering Technology: Challenges and lessons learned

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2018 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Spring Conference

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Washington, District of Columbia

Publication Date

April 6, 2018

Start Date

April 6, 2018

End Date

April 7, 2018

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Diversity

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8

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Marcia Ford Murray State University

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Dr. Marcia Ford is an assistant professor in the Telecommunications Systems Management (TSM) Program at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. She teaches undergraduate and graduate information communication technology and cybersecurity courses. Her research focus is intelligent personal assistants and smart home devices. Her interests also include developing and leading study abroad opportunities for Murray State students.

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Kevin T Perry AIA Murray State University

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Kevin Perry is a Registered Architect and Professional Engineer with over ten years of AEC experience in Kentucky and Tennessee. He is currently an Associate Professor of Engineering Technology at Murray State University in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology and the Advisor for the AGC student chapter. He teaches courses in Sustainable Design, Reinforced Concrete Design, Structural Steel Design, Construction Materials and the Senior Design capstone course for students in Architectural Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology and Construction Engineering Technology. His research interest are the in the areas of construction materials and emerging technologies for the construction and design industries.

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Brian Giltner Murray State University

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Lecturer in the Institute of Engineering at Murray State University. Mr. Giltner is also a practicing civil and structural engineer with over 28 years of experience.

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Melanie McCallon Seib Murray State University

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Melanie McCallon Seib is the Director of Education Abroad at Murray State University, where she has collaborated for office growth and study abroad program curriculum integration for nearly 17 years. She spearheaded creation of faculty recruitment, training, financial, and support structures at MSU to enable innovative faculty to build project-based learning programs abroad.

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Abstract

Experiential learning is increasingly an important offering at many universities. Project based learning (PBL) is one method to deliver this learning type and this paper discusses the challenges and lessons learned from a series of international, study-abroad PBL offerings in Engineering Technology. Faculty in the Architectural Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, and Telecommunications Systems Management programs at Murray State University reflect on their study abroad program successes and practices. The study abroad programs were 16 week (3 credit hour) courses with instructional period throughout the semester and travel occurring during spring or summer breaks. All five study abroad programs concluded with students traveling to the international partner’s location and providing a unit of work or deliverables. Topics discussed in this paper are student recruitment, project identification, finding international partnerships, program expenses, equipment logistics, knowledge transfer, and project sustainability.

Ford, M., & Perry, K. T., & Giltner, B., & McCallon Seib, M. (2018, April), Project-based study abroad programs in Engineering Technology: Challenges and lessons learned Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Spring Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. https://peer.asee.org/29474

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