June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
October 19, 2019
Many of the decisions educators make are under direct influence of institutional structure, notably those that seek to create multidisciplinary spaces for students. Some multidisciplinary courses are developed in isolation even though they are intended to combine and integrate disciplines. This study seeks to explore how such multidisciplinary courses are established --the process that educators undergo to design and implement these courses, both formal and informal. We aim at utilizing social network analysis to identify and communicate the connections between educators and their multidisciplinary courses such that future courses can be developed more strategically. We have mapped the formal structure of the College of Engineering at University X using social network analysis. The networks were created using formally listed interdepartmental courses, office locations, and co-citation analysis of the last two years. To supplement the publicly available data, we plan to conduct semi-structured interviews with faculty affiliated with a broad sample of the multidisciplinary courses. Our plan of analysis is to compare the emerged from interviews themes against those from the social network analysis. These analysis will enable us to identify instances of alignment and divergence between what was shown in the institutional data and what was perceived and explained by faculty directly involved with multidisciplinary courses.. Once analysis is complete, we expect barriers to creating courses and support from administration to emerge as themes from faculty interviews. Similarly, we expect research interests and propinquity to serve as indicators for establishing multidisciplinary courses. Moving forward, the findings of this research can serve departments and feducators by acting as a feedback loop in providing new avenues for creating and implementing multidisciplinary courses by utilizing existing multidisciplinary connections.
Snyder, S. A., & Özkan, D. S., & Bairaktarova, D., & Staley, T. W., & Biscotte, S. (2019, June), Teaching Across Boundaries: Examining the Institutional Process of Establishing Multidisciplinary Courses Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33339
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