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Team Building Approach In A Multi Campus Institution

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.965.1 - 6.965.5

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Mohamed. E. Brihoum

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Ahmad Ibrahim

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Session 1148

Team-building Approach in a Multi-Campus Institution

Mohamed. E. Brihoum, Ahmad. M. Ibrahim DeVry Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA, USA / Toronto, Ontario, Canada


This paper presents preliminary results of a team-building approach across two campuses of DeVry Institute of Technology; one in Atlanta, USA and the other in Toronto, Canada. The Internet has been used as the major communication tool. The approach is meant to motivate students in carrying out small-scale applied research and build a working team across geographically separated locations.

An outcome example will be discussed; it is a study aid module for analog filter design, a topic that is studied in both campuses by students enrolled in EET-310, Analog Signal Processing course. The study aid module was created by a team of students building on their knowledge in both programming and filter design. It is shared and used by students in both campuses through the Internet. The module is not only shared as a study aid for EET-310, but also for the purpose of further development and for creating other related modules. The approach is planned to be a long-term cooperation between successive classes of EET-310 guided by their instructors at both campuses. A discussion of some of the difficulties faced and suggestions to avoid them will also be presented.

I. Introduction

It has long been recognized that there is more than engineering in the making of good engineers. Over eighty years ago, Prof. Higbie described the attributes an engineering college should equip students with, he stated, in part:

…; to perfect the ability to express thoughts in written or spoken language, readily and clearly, definitely and convincingly, with a measure of simple elegance, …[to develop] a desire to run forward to meet strange problems instead of avoiding them or doing them superficially, … [to develop] regard for the sensibilities and opinions of other people. … The older men of broader vision testify that the real satisfactions of life come certainly to those who have acquired habits of application, persistence, accuracy, thoroughness, honesty, and reliability, observation and coordination, independence of thinking [1].

Prof. Randolph, around the same time, wrote:

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Brihoum, M. E., & Ibrahim, A. (2001, June), Team Building Approach In A Multi Campus Institution Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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