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Strengthening the Community College Engineering Pipeline Using Tablet PCs and Online Instruction

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees

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22.1327.1 - 22.1327.14



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Amelito G. Enriquez Canada College Orcid 16x16

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Amelito Enriquez is a professor of engineering and mathematics at Canada College. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include technology-enhanced instruction and increasing the representation of female, minority and other underrepresented groups in mathematics, science and engineering.

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Strengthening the Community College Engineering Pipeline Using Tablet PCs and Online InstructionAbstractThe California Community College system has been very successful in providing affordable andaccessible education to diverse student populations by allowing them to complete all of theirlower-division course work and then transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’sdegree. Recent developments, however, have threatened the viability of engineering programs inCalifornia community colleges, endangering this very important pipeline in the engineeringeducational system. The increasing divergence of the lower-division requirements amongdifferent four-year institutions and among the different fields of engineering, coupled with therecent State budget crisis has forced many community colleges to cancel low-enrollment classesand high-cost programs including those in engineering.In response to this crisis, Cañada College, a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution inthe San Francisco Bay Area, has developed an innovative program entitled Online andNetworked Education for Students in Transfer Engineering Programs (ONE-STEP). Funded bythe National Science Foundation, ONE-STEP aims to improve community college engineeringeducation through the use of Tablet-PC and wireless network technologies. The programincludes a Summer Engineering Teaching Institute that will assist community collegeengineering faculty in developing a Tablet-PC-enhanced interactive model of engineeringinstruction, and implementing online courses using CCC Confer—a videoconferencing platformthat is available free of charge to all faculty and staff of the California Community Collegesystem. ONE-STEP will also develop partnerships with community colleges currently withoutan engineering program to design and implement a Joint Engineering Program that is deliveredthrough CCC Confer. The program has the potential to significantly increase the viability ofengineering programs by increasing teaching efficiency and effectiveness with minimaladditional costs.

Enriquez, A. G. (2011, June), Strengthening the Community College Engineering Pipeline Using Tablet PCs and Online Instruction Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18966

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