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Using Technology to Teach Communications and Communications to Teach Technology in a Study-abroad Learning Environment

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Technological Literacy and Technological Policy

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Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering

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25.1445.1 - 25.1445.18



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Boz Bowles Louisiana State University

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David (Boz) Bowles is a Technical Communication Instructor in the Engineering Communication Studio at Louisiana State University. He earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's of fine arts in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Paige Davis Louisiana State University

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Paige Davis has 22 years of experience in the College of Engineering at Louisiana State University. For the past two years, she has directed a study abroad program specifically designed for engineering students. In addition to teaching, she assists with the STEP program. She received her bachelor's degree in engineering technology and master’s degree in industrial engineering.

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Warren N. Waggenspack Jr. Louisiana State University

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Warren N. Waggenspack, Jr., is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Engineering and holder of the Ned Adler Professorship in mechanical engineering at Louisiana State University. He obtained both his bachelor's and master's degrees from LSU M.E. and his doctorate from Purdue University's School of Mechanical Engineering. He has been actively engaged in teaching, research, and curricula development since joining the LSU faculty in 1988. As Associate Dean, he has acquired funding from NSF to support the development of several initiatives aimed at improving student retention and graduation rates as well as supporting faculty with development with effective learning and teaching pedagogies.

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Barbara A. Heifferon Louisiana State University

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Using Technology to Teach Communications and Communications to Teach Technology in a Study-Abroad Learning EnvironmentIn the summer of 2010, our university developed a study-abroad course, Industrial Engineering4785: Manufacturing, Technology and Society, in which students traveled to Germany todevelop first-hand understanding and appreciation for manufacturing in a foreign country.Additionally, this study-abroad experience was meant to help expand student world-views and topromote insights into issues related to engineering on the global stage. The course was certifiedas Communication-Intensive through the campus-wide Communications across the Curriculum(CxC) program, meaning that, in addition to engineering content, the course focused oncommunication in two modes: written and visual.For most engineering students, the financial commitment required for participation hinged uponreceiving curricula credit. At our institution, the natural avenue for opening this opportunity to abroader pool of students was the required course, ENGL 2000: English Composition, whichfocuses on writing in a variety of genres, with an emphasis on research and argumentation.As a result of this challenge, a pilot section of English 2000 was developed. Because of limitedtravel funds, the English instructor, who shared an appointment with the College of Engineeringthrough the CxC program, remained on campus. The English 2000 section was designed to runconcurrently with IE 4785, and was taught online using MoodleTM, Adobe ConnectTM,GoToMeetingTM, and SkypeTM.This paper details the advanced preparation required and the methods used to teach thesecourses, as well as preliminary assessments of the pilot section of English 2000.

Bowles, B., & Davis, P., & Waggenspack, W. N., & Heifferon, B. A. (2012, June), Using Technology to Teach Communications and Communications to Teach Technology in a Study-abroad Learning Environment Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22202

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