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Using a Service-Learning Pedagogy to Improve Student Engagement

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Industrial Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Industrial Engineering

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Lesley Strawderman Mississippi State University

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Lesley Strawderman received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2005. She has also received a M.S.I.E. from Pennsylvania State University and a B.S.I.E. from Kansas State University. She joined the Industrial and Systems Engineering faculty at Mississippi State University in August 2006, where she currently serves as Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator. Dr. Strawderman’s research interests center around human factors and ergonomics. She is registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Mississippi and an active member of IIE, HFES, and ASEE.

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Shuchisnigdha Deb Mississippi State University

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SHUCHISNIGDHA DEB is a doctoral student in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi. She received her MS in Industrial and Management Engineering from Montana State University. He

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Service-learning is a method of teaching that integrates community service into an academic course through applied learning to enrich the educational experience of students and meet the needs of the community. In this paper, we describe the integration of service-learning into an undergraduate industrial engineering course.

Over the past three years, students in the course have worked with four community partners to complete service-learning projects. The community partners have included a high school, community library, local farm, and an assistive technology center. Students worked directly with community partners to improve operations and ergonomics within their facilities. Through the projects, students gained a deeper understand of the course content, as well as an appreciation of how industrial engineering can be applied to improve the community.

In this paper, the structure of the service-learning project within the course is detailed. Quantitative and qualitative data from student participants are examined to explore the benefits of incorporating service-learning into the industrial engineering classroom. Recommendations for implementing service-learning in the classroom are also presented.

Strawderman, L., & Deb, S. (2016, June), Using a Service-Learning Pedagogy to Improve Student Engagement Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27126

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