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Work In Progress: An Organized Team Self Selection Process For First Year Engineering Design Projects

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2017 FYEE Conference


Daytona Beach, Florida

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August 6, 2017

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August 6, 2017

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August 8, 2017

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WIP: Engineering Education Research - Focus on Engagement

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FYEE Conference - Works in Progress Submission

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Robert Gettens Western New England University

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Rob Gettens is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Director of the First Year Engineering Program at Western New England University.

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Harlan E Spotts Jr. Western New England University

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Professor of Marketing, College of Business

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Jingru Zhang Western New England University

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Chang Hoon Lee Western New England University

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The purpose of this work in progress is to present a method of project development and team creation that is student driven. There are a variety of ways in which to develop course projects, usually being more instructor driven in the freshman year. However, if our objective is to help students become more independent, entrepreneurial focused thinkers, the earlier we let them have control the better. The same idea should apply to the creation of teams within courses. We delivered two different team formation approaches across seven sections of a common first year engineering course. One approach involved an organized self selection process that will be highlighted int he paper. The other approach was a more traditional approach of instructor selection based on survey results. Anecdotal evidence is very positive for the new approach, however, data is not currently available comparing the methods for an statistical claims to be made. However, by the time of the first paper draft we may have data elevating the work to a full paper or workshop. It should also be noted that four sections had common instructors using the two different methods, allowing for the removal of instructor bias. Also one section involved a cross disciplinary approach with a section of first year business students, which will be highlighted in the paper. Note to reviewers and Program Chair: If you think our approach would be worthy we could present this in a workshop format (have participants go through our process and discuss other team formation methodologies etc.).

Gettens, R., & Spotts, H. E., & Zhang, J., & Lee, C. H. (2017, August), Work In Progress: An Organized Team Self Selection Process For First Year Engineering Design Projects Paper presented at 2017 FYEE Conference, Daytona Beach, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--29447

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