June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
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Preparing Engineering Students for International Work: Training Materials and an Open-Source Platform to Develop and Share ThemWhen working on international service learning projects, engineering students encounterchallenges not addressed in traditional classes. Research indicates that these challengescan include: implementing projects within specific political, economic, and socialboundaries; working with limited information; or holding discussions across languagesand with non-technical audiences. Many students do not receive a formal introduction ortraining on how to approach these challenges. However based on literature surroundingthis topic, pre-departure training makes the experience more effective.This paper outlines a plan to develop an experiential learning tool for students who arepreparing for international work. This will include interactive and simulated experiencesfollowed by discussion and reflection. It will serve as a way for students to prepare betterfor working in foreign environments before leaving for international assignments.This paper will document both the development and the implementation of thiswork. We will briefly present an overview of our background research. Then we willshare the structure of the program developed through participatory action research,whereby students and researchers collaborate to design the research, analyze the data, andarticulate the findings. Instructional objectives will be drawn from published research,best practices developed by other institutions, and interviews with participants of pastinternational service learning projects. This paper will present important dimensions ofinternational work and then discuss how to effectively prepare students for theseexperiences.A compilation of publicly available resources on this topic will be collected, organized,and distributed through an open-source platform. This will encourage a participatoryapproach from the academic community at large. The compilation of findings from thisstudy and other available resources will serve as references and instructional materials forstudents and advisors. Doing so will enhance the tools available to prepare students forinternational engineering work.
Walz, E., & Jahnke, K., & Korte, R., & Elliott-Litchfield, J. B., & Sunderman, J. A., & Werpetinski, V., & Hahn, L. D. (2013, June), Using International Engineering Experiences to Inform Curriculum Development Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22707
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