June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Continuing Professional Development
24.1392.1 - 24.1392.10
Providing Continuing Education Through the Use of Online Modules in a Dominican Republic ClassroomA group of students from has traveled to the Dominican Republic for the past twoyears and ran engineering workshops in the schools, public and private. The first trip includedrunning workshops in three different private schools, while the second was held at one publicschool. These workshops included design challenges often found in a first year engineeringcourse, discussions on learning styles, and methods of integrating an engineering mindset intothe Dominican curriculum. Considering students must pay their way and devote a week of thesummer to travel, the operating cost of the yearly trip is too high for only generating teacherinterest in engineering and hoping the enthusiasm lasts until the next visit. With these eagerteachers being an ocean away, the current model of running a three day workshop is notsustainable.Technological resources at one school in particular, Liceo Pedro Henriquez Urena, could beharnessed to enable the Dominican teachers in the school to receive continuing educationthrough the year while catering to the outcomes of the workshop. Through the joint effort of aone credit elective class that creates international STEM lesson plans and a second semesterprogramming class, online modules can be developed to be cost-effective, interactive, andeducational for both the developers and audience. The proposed methodology will involvemodifying a Programming 2 assignment (where a team of students develop an educational game)to become a freshmen capstone project which primarily incorporates the lesson plans designedby the elective course.This paper will present the proposed content of the online modules, how these lessons will bedeveloped, and the possibilities of expanding the scope to include other eligible schools in theDominican Republic.
Reeping, D., & Reid, K., & Estell, J. K. (2014, June), Work in Progress: Providing Continuing Education for Teachers in the Dominican Republic Using Online Modules Developed through a First-Year Capstone Project Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/23325
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