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Team Teaching That Goes the Distance: Team Instruction for a Broadcast Introductory Engineering Course The efficacy of team teaching, or co-teaching, as an instructional strategy is wellestablished in the general education literature , , . Despite the method’sproven legitimacy, the mere mention of “team teaching” or “co-teaching” may,depending upon one’s experiences, summon images of collaborative, collegialnirvana or of a “who’s-in-charge?” edged chaos. For the better, team teaching hasbeen compared to a “…semester long jam session” with instructors who “…share adeep love for the material…”.  For the worse it has, on occasion, createdconfusion and contention rather than brought clarity. Many agree that the elusivekey to co-teaching success stems from the just right combination of topic and team:a topic of multi- or inter-disciplinary appeal combined with a team of instructorswho share mutual respect, an interest in expanding viewpoints within their owndisciplines, and a hefty sense of adventure. , .This paper explores the use of an adapted team teaching approach, called “team ata distance-teaching”, as an effective instructional method for pre-professionalengineering. This approach is developed for use with an introductory engineeringcourse delivered to (largely) non-traditional student audiences located at regionalsites. With this newer twist on traditional co-teaching, the team of instructors is asgeographically dispersed as are the students. Thus, the instructional platform iscreated to mimic the student learning environment.As described in this article, team at a distance- teaching is used to develop anddeliver, within a regional campus (RC) system, a required freshman level course inthe pre-professional engineering program. The course, entitled Introduction toEngineering Design, is delivered via Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC)synchronously to students located at four regional sites throughout the state by theRC pre-engineering faculty team. The faculty team consists of four engineeringfaculty members who share the overall responsibility for development and deliveryof the RC pre-engineering program. Introduction to Engineering Design is a 2-credit course taught every Fall semester that, for RC students, fulfills theintroductory course requirement from each engineering discipline within theCollege of Engineering (COE).In conceiving of the instructional platform for the course, the faculty teamidentified the overriding purposes of the RC course: 1) to fulfill the disciplinespecific introductory course requirements of all of the engineering departmentswithin the COE, 2) to captivate the student interest and excite declared engineeringmajors to STAY IN engineering and join the engineering profession, 3) to helpgeneral engineering majors decided which engineering discipline they want topursue, 4) to fulfill the role of a pre-engineering “hook” class to help undeclaredmajors to decide that they DO want to major in engineering.Based on these desired outcomes, the instructors improvised the team at a distance-teaching approach where they themselves, who each represent a uniqueengineering discipline (Civil, Electrical, Engineering Sciences, or Mechanical) andare physically located at a different regional campus, reflect the primary tenets ofthe course. Results from student course evaluations, course surveys, and instructorreflections on the course are used to comment on and assess the basic effectivenessof the instructional approach. References A. Anthony, S. Ramasubramanian, C. Russill & J. Dumas, “Case StudyEffectiveness in a Team Teaching and General Education Environment,”The Journal of General Education, 52(3), 175-198, 2003.  H. Beavers and D. DeTurck, “Shall We Dance? Team Teaching and The Harmony of Collaboration,” Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 30, April 25, 2000. A. Fauvel, L. Miller, P. Lane & J. Farris, “Reflections on anInterdisciplinary, Community-Based, Team-Taught Adventure,” The Journalof Continuing Education, 58:40-46, 2010.
Minichiello, A., & Blake, T. D., & Goodridge, W. H., & Sam, D. D. (2011, June), Team Teaching that Goes the Distance: Team Instruction for a Broadcast Introductory Engineering Course Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18948
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