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The Ex Ce Ed Teaching Workshop: Hints To Successful Teaching

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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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6.1002.1 - 6.1002.20



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Shawn Gross

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David Clarke

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David Bentler

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Joseph Hitt

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Janet Baldwin

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Ronald Welch

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Session 2793

The ExCEEd Teaching Workshop: Hints to Successful Teaching

Ronald Welch, Joseph Hitt, Janet Baldwin, David Bentler, David Clarke, Shawn Gross United States Military Academy/Roger Williams University/ University of Kentucky/ Clemson University/Villanova University


The purpose of this paper is to present successful teaching hints identified by one team as a result of their experience in the ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Teaching Workshop (ETW) and proven successful during the course of last year. ETW is an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) sponsored one-week course offered at the United States Military Academy (USMA) and the University of Arkansas that provides the participants with the foundation necessary for continued growth and development towards teaching excellence. The team, comprised of six faculty members from various universities throughout the country, adapted what they learned during their ETW experience (i.e., kept journals) and through self- assessment and assessments by peers and students upon returning home to offer several successful teaching hints. The teaching hints, which are consistent with the literature on successful teaching, can be categorized into four areas: organization, preparation, practice, and rapport. This paper describes these teaching hints with everything from “full dress rehearsals” to memorizing your student’s first names. The effectiveness of these hints with respect to teacher performance evaluations, student feedback, and self-assessments is also included.

I. Introduction

ETW is the direct descendent of the T4E workshop, Teaching Teachers To Teach Engineering1. T4E was funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) for three years and was provided at USMA for engineering professors with less than four years of teaching experience, i.e., civil, mechanical, aerospace, electrical, chemical, etc. T4E was such a huge success1 that ASCE decided to continue the program under the ExCEEd Teaching Workshop moniker with one caveat: the program is offered only to civil engineering professors with less than four years of teaching experience. To date, there have been three offerings of ETW: in 1999 and 2000 at USMA and in 2000 at the University of Arkansas with each session having 24 participants. There were nine observers from the ASCE Program Design Workshop2 at USMA in 1999 and six observers (two each from ASME, IEEE, and AIChE) at USMA in 2000.

Modifications to the original one-week T4E program have been relatively minor. Most changes have dealt with the addition or deletion of a few supplemental topics. ETW, and previously T4E, uses the six-week instructor-training model from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (C&ME) at USMA as its foundation.

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

Gross, S., & Clarke, D., & Bentler, D., & Hitt, J., & Baldwin, J., & Welch, R. (2001, June), The Ex Ce Ed Teaching Workshop: Hints To Successful Teaching Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9248

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