June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
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The EFELTS Project - Engineering Faculty Engagement in Learning Through ServiceAbstractThis paper outlines the development of a three-year effort that focuses on Learning ThroughService (LTS) – a pedagogical method that combines academic learning with service. EFELTSinvolves investigators from five, diverse institutions invoking a 4D Process (Discover, Distill,Design, and Disseminate) to a) evaluate the impacts on faculty currently engaged in LTS efforts(Goal 1) and b) empower additional faculty to implement LTS (Goal 2).Major activities to be undertaken during the EFELTS effort include: a) surveying and interviewing engaged faculty; b) convening a meeting of “expert” in LTS program/course designs, implementations, and assessments; c) conducting intensive faculty training workshops on LTS that lead to new LTS efforts at course and program levels; and d) sustaining faculty engagement via a continued dissemination of efforts.Assessment research methodologies (development and use) are integrated throughout theseactivities.Expectations from the effort range from engaging faculty to implement and support LTS inengineering education to expanding the list of appropriate teaching, learning and assessmentmethodologies that are appropriate and enhance engineering education. The EFELTS effort isalso expected to: Expand the use of LTS in engineering education AND highlight LTS as a viable research endeavor and scholarly activity; Explore the synergy and differences between curricular and extracurricular service activities in engineering education; Identify challenges and facilitators to LTS for different faculty and institution types; Place an importance on pedagogy in the development of future engineering faculty; Create service-minded engineers who assist communities-in-need through engineering; and Study whether service is, and should be, an accepted part of the engineering profession.
Swan, C. W., & Duffy, J. J., & Paterson, K., & Bielefeldt, A. R., & Pierrakos, O. (2011, June), The EFELTS Project: Engineering Faculty Engagement in Learning Through Service Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18987
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