June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Continuing Professional Development
WIP: Graduate Online Engineering Education Certificate Program
This work in progress describes the development of an online, graduate Engineering Education Certificate program. An on-line environment makes the program accessible worldwide giving more engineering educators an opportunity to broadly apply evidence-based practices into their workplace or learning environments. The program targets current and future engineering educators and trainers, both in academia (community colleges and universities) and industry. Potential candidates should have an undergraduate degree in any engineering discipline. The goal is to improve the quality of the teaching and training in engineering by empowering students to become better and more knowledgeable engineering instructors with understanding of educational theories and their applications. The program intends to be fully online and will be made available worldwide.
The proposed certificate program includes plans for four online courses: Curriculum Design, Evaluation and Assessment, Principles of Teaching and Learning, and E-learning and Training Development. Each of these courses will have a guiding syllabus followed by customizable components that will involve participants from industry and academia to develop engineering competencies based on their needs and their intended outcomes.
A novel component of the program is a Teaching Internship course intended to be a capstone activity for students pursuing the certificate. Participants gain experience, improve understanding of teaching, reflect on their own teaching, and obtain feedback from faculty members and possibly from learners using a variety of qualitative and quantitative measures of student performance. The course will give students the opportunity to put their engineering education knowledge into practical teaching application and to develop a Teaching Portfolio.
The competency-based portfolio will consist of various documents and videos to show mastery of knowledge and skills learned in the aforementioned four courses and individual’s general teaching skills. Focusing on the mastery of knowledge and skills, rather than requiring specific documents, allows for more creativity on the part of the students in the program. Portfolio should also allow participants to reflect meaningfully about their experiences as they develop expertise in creating and teaching innovative training or teaching materials. The portfolio will specifically require a teaching philosophy, at least one video of actual teaching, and a teaching journal.
Potential students for this certificate program are individuals who will have a teaching or training responsibilities in engineering either at the university, community college, or in an industry setting. The students should strive to have such opportunity in order to experience authentic classroom situations.
Barlow, R., & Uziak, J., & Villanueva, I., & Lawanto, O., & Becker, K. H. (2017, June), Work in Progress: Online Engineering Education Certificate Program Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/29174
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