June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
NSF Grantees Poster Session
26.1749.1 - 26.1749.27
Work in Progress: Creating Alternative Learning Strategies for Transfer Engineering ProgramsAbstractThe 2012 President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report “Engageto Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science,Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics” indicated that addressing the retention problem inthe first two years of college is the most promising and cost-effective strategy to produce theSTEM professionals needed in order to retain US historical preeminence in science andtechnology. The California Community College System, with its 112 community colleges and71off-campus centers enrolling approximately 2.3 million students (roughly a third of all UScommunity college students) is in a prime position to grow the future STEM workforce.However, in the face of shrinking resources and increasing costs and other barriers, an effectiveapproach is needed in order to capitalize on this opportunity. One prong in this approach is tomore fully exploit modern technological capabilities to reduce costs, broaden access, andimprove educational productivity. This paper presents preliminary results of a collaborativeproject, Creating Alternative Learning Strategies for Transfer Engineering Programs(CALSTEP), which aims to strengthen community college engineering programs using distanceeducation and other alternative delivery strategies that will enable small-to-medium communitycollege engineering programs to provide their students access to lower-division engineeringcourses needed to be competitive for transfer to four-year engineering programs. Funded by athree-year grant through the National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate STEMEducation (NSF IUSE) program, CALSTEP will leverage existing educational resources anddevelop new ones for online lecture courses, as well as core engineering laboratory courses thatare delivered either completely online, or with limited face-to-face interactions. The initial areasof focus for laboratory course development are: Introduction to Engineering, EngineeringGraphics, Materials Science, and Circuit Analysis. CALSTEP will also develop alternativemodels of flipped classroom instruction to improve student success and enhance student accessto engineering courses that otherwise could not be supported in traditional delivery modes due tolow enrollment. The project will iteratively evaluate and refine the curriculum over the three-year grant period, as well as train other community college engineering faculty in the effectiveuse of the curriculum and resources developed.
Enriquez, A. G., & Dunmire, E. N., & Rebold, T., & Langhoff, N., & Schiorring, E. (2015, June), Work in Progress: Creating Alternative Learning Strategies for Transfer Engineering Programs Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.25085
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