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The Ex Ce Ed Teaching Workshop: Participants' Perspective And Assessment

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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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6.1003.1 - 6.1003.14



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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 3630

The ExCEEd Teaching Workshop: Participants’ Perspective And Assessment

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


The purpose of this paper is to assess the effectiveness of the ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Teaching Workshop (ETW) through daily documented thoughts, feelings, and impressions of one team, consisting of four participants with less than four years of teaching experience and two mentors. The paper also includes a follow-up assessment one-year after the workshop. The following topics are covered: teaching principles implemented, overall results, proposed future adjustments, and realized benefits. ETW is an American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) sponsored one-week course offered at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) and the University of Arkansas. The course provides participants with the foundation necessary for continued improvement of their teaching techniques over time.

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 workshop under the moniker ExCEEd with one caveat: the program is offered to only 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 addition or deletion of a few supplemental topics. ETW, previously T4E, uses the six-week instructor-training model from the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (C&ME) at USMA as its foundation.

To gain a better appreciation for the ETW experience, one team kept journals to document their experience during the workshop. The ETW schedule is presented to set the stage for the team’s recorded thoughts, emotions, and perceptions at the completion of each day. These ETW experiences set the stage for what was implemented by each participant upon returning home, the assessment of the results, the future adjustments in teaching, and finally the realized benefits of ETW. 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: Participants' Perspective And Assessment Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9249

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