June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Community Engagement Division
23.1066.1 - 23.1066.10
CCE 1001 is a first-year design course that has served as the anchor class of a learning community forcivil and construction engineering (CCE) students since 2005 at a state regional university in the upperMid-West. In 2010, the civil and construction engineering programs revised the program educationalobjectives (PEO) to include “Graduates use [their] profession to contribute to society through service tothe community.” In response, Safe Routes to School (SRTS) became the service-learning design projectfor CCE 1001 to align with the CCE PEO’s. SRTS is a federal program to increase the number of K-12students who walk or bike to school by removing barriers that currently prevent them from doing so. Thecommunity partners for the service-learning design project are the state Department of Transportation andK-12 school. The transportation planner in the region office of the state department of transportationworked with the CCE 1001 faculty coordinator in Summer 2010 to revise the curriculum to supportstudents research SRTS background; identify the design specifications; conduct school property andneighborhood audits; brainstorm solutions that take advantage of the positive factors of and address thebarriers to students’ walking or biking to school; evaluate the solutions against SRTS specifications; andcreate an action plan to recommend to the K-12 school partner. The improvements in CCE 1001 in 2011included: a guest lecturer and reading materials on the cause of poverty; use of MDOT design standards, apublic presentation to school and city officials; and revision of CCE 1002, “Introduction to EngineeringAnalysis,” to include proposal writing to seek SRTS funding. Some of the actions recommended by theCCE 1001 students have already been implemented by the city to improve safety and physicalinfrastructure around the partnering schools to support SRTS. This paper will describe the continuousimprovement process and details of the curriculum change as a result of incorporating SRTS to CCE1001. The paper will also include assessment methods and preliminary results on communication skillsand students’ view about poverty as a result of the guest lecturer and reading materials on the cause ofpoverty.
Tsang, E., & Harden, D. G., & Larson- Jaramillo, D. E. (2013, June), Service-Learning as a Driving Force for Continuous Improvement in CCE 1001, “Introduction to Engineering Design" Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22451
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