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Teaching Communication Skills Online For Technical Leadership: Mepp, Motivations, And Methods

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Technology, Communication, & Ethics

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8.1059.1 - 8.1059.23



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Paul Ross

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Teaching Communication Skills Online for Technical Leadership: A Preliminary Survey of MEPP Student Motivation

Submission: 2003 ASEE Annual Conference Educational and Research Methods Division

Paul L. Ross 608 262-5171 Technical Communication Program, Engineering Professional Development. College of Engineering/UW-Madison

Address: Paul L. Ross M1050D Technical Communication Certificate Program 1550 Engineering Drive Madison, WI 53706

Abstract “Communicating Technical Information “ (CTI) is one course in the Master of Engineering in Professional Practice (MEPP) offered online through the College of Engineering, UW-Madison. The participants in MEPP are mostly early and mid-career engineers seeking a technical alternative to an MBA. CTI fosters technical leadership by maintaining the best qualities of the living interactive classroom while also exploiting technologies for online course delivery through WebCT and Placeware. Besides an appropriate choice of technology and content, course design must consider the motivation of the targeted student population. Students in MEPP were surveyed to gauge the importance of technical leadership in this population’s concepts of professional growth. Responses indicate a differentiation between business management and technical leadership, an ambition to learn and apply techniques of technical leadership as part of job effectiveness, and an appreciation of the importance of communication in effective technical leadership. Future work should define “technical leadership” in detail and evaluate the motivations of engineers to develop appropriate skills. Finally, this is an age of information, technical innovation, and intense competition; business and industry should be surveyed to evaluate their resolve and motivation to foster “technical leadership” as part of the engineering culture.

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Ross, P. (2003, June), Teaching Communication Skills Online For Technical Leadership: Mepp, Motivations, And Methods Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12237

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