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The Long-term Outcomes of an Engineering Course for Students Outside Engineering

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Research Informing Teaching Practice II

Tagged Division

Educational Research and Methods

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

25.1320.1 - 25.1320.10

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https://peer.asee.org/22077

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Renata A. Revelo Alonso University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Renata Revelo Alonso is a doctoral student in higher education in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her B.S. and M.S. are in electrical engineering from the same institution.

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Michael C. Loui University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Michael C. Loui is professor of electrical and computer engineering and University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His interests include computational complexity theory, professional ethics, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He serves as Executive Editor of College Teaching and as a member of the editorial board of Accountability in Research. He is a Carnegie Scholar and an IEEE Fellow. Professor Loui was Associate Dean of the Graduate College at Illinois from 1996 to 2000. He directed the theory of computing program at the National Science Foundation from 1990 to 1991. He earned the Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980.

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Abstract

The
Long­Term
Outcomes
of
an
Engineering
Course
for
Students
Outside
Engineering
October
7,
2011
This
study
aims
to
investigate
the
long‐term
impacts
of
a
general
education
course
on
digital
information
technologies
taught
at
a
large,
research‐oriented
university.
Prior
to
this
study,
the
long‐term
impacts
of
general
education
courses
have
not
been
widely
examined.
In
addition,
there
are
few
general
education
courses
in
engineering,
and
in
some
cases
these
courses
may
be
one
of
the
only
exposures
that
non‐major
students
have
to
the
field.
Our
university
offers
a
course,
ECE
101,
on
digital
information
technologies
for
students
outside
the
College
of
Engineering.
To
understand
the
students’
outcomes
of
the
course,
we
conducted
twelve
cross‐sectional
semi‐structured
interviews
with
past
ECE
101
students.
The
students
were
prompted
to
recall
the
important
ideas
and
significant
experiences
in
ECE
101
and
in
one
other
general
education
course
that
was
memorable.

Some
examples
of
other
courses
students
discussed
were
in
psychology,
Latin
American
studies,
and
animal
science.
The
interviews
were
transcribed
and
coded
independently.
The
authors
met
to
negotiate
and
re‐negotiate
codes.

The
authors
found
four
themes
that
describe
students’
outcomes
of
ECE
101:
students
 a) consistently
remembered
HTML
and
JavaScript

 b) found
persistence
as
an
outcome
of
taking
ECE
101
 c) experienced
self‐development
benefits
such
as
self‐confidence
and
 overcoming
challenges
 d) utilized
HTML
knowledge
as
a
resume
builder

Understanding
students’
outcomes
of
general
education
courses
in
engineering
can
help
us
better
prepare
non‐major
students
for
a
highly
technology‐driven
society.

In
addition,
this
study
can
aid
understanding
in
how
to
better
engage
students
in
courses
that
are
not
directly
connected
with
their
interests.

This
study
is
part
of
a
larger
investigation
on
the
impacts
of
diversity
harnessing
in
ECE
101.
Diversity
harnessing
refers
to
the
process
of
incorporating
current
students’
personal
interests,
educational
backgrounds,
and
career
interests
into
the
content
of
ECE
101
as
it
runs
during
the
semester.
The
interviews
were
conducted
as
a
baseline
assessment
of
outcomes
for
students
who
took
ECE
101
before
diversity
harnessing
was
implemented
in
the
fall
of
2011.
Starting
in
the
spring
of
2012,
we
plan
to
conduct
longitudinal
interviews
with
students
who
took
the
course
after
diversity
harnessing
was
implemented.




Revelo Alonso, R. A., & Loui, M. C. (2012, June), The Long-term Outcomes of an Engineering Course for Students Outside Engineering Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/22077

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