June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Cooperative & Experiential Education
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What is global preparedness? Arriving at answers in collaboration with student engineers working with underserved communities globallyThe growing student demand to use their engineering skills to address global societalproblems coupled with changing ABET requirements to provide “the broad educationnecessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic,environmental, and societal context” has raised fundamental questions about how toprepare engineering students to engage with underserved communities globally.This paper uses a case study approach to document the experiences of students of aglobal engineering course that created the unique opportunity for them to address issuesof sanitation and hygiene by working with the community rather than for them. The paperhighlights curricular innovations brought into the course to ensure global preparednessfor student engineers while ensuring ethical, sustainable collaboration with theunderserved community. It is followed by the student co-authors sharing theirexperiences of the course, what they learned and how they have found it useful outsidethe class context. Based on the analysis of these case studies, the paper concludes byproposing a metric to evaluate global preparedness of undergraduate engineering studentsand the needed curricular requirements to ensure the preparedness.
Hariharan, B., & Ayyagari, S., & Pang, J. E., & Watkins, P. D., & Arun, A. (2015, June), What is Global Preparedness? Arriving at Answers in Collaboration with Student Engineers Working with Underserved Communities Globally Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.25060
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