June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Educational Research and Methods
This Work-In-Progress paper documents the creation of a co-curricular program, Student to Scholar (S2S), designed to assist students in their development of professional skills. A literature review, as well as an examination of local curriculum provides the evidence for the need of such a program. The S2S program has a tiered structure involving faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Graduate students entering the S2S program take a for-credit course exposing them to a number of professional skills, and helping them to understand how to teach those skills to undergraduates. Once trained the graduate students become the leaders of cohorts, or learning communities, of undergraduate students. The graduate students will meet with their cohorts several times a semester to engage with them in professional skill workshops. The S2S program aims to prepare both graduate and undergraduate students with the professional skills they will need after graduation regardless of if they are going into industry or academia. A multitude of skills are covered in the program that address the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for the T-shaped engineer, including but not limited to: information literacy, leadership, teamwork, diversity, time and project management, reflection scientific/written/oral communication, writing, career services, entrepreneurial mindset, and public speaking. To reinforce students development of these skills the tiered structure of the program transitions students from learners to teachers. This transition occurs at every level, with graduate students senior undergraduates, seniors teaching juniors, and so on down to the first year. Currently, this study aims to help develop the needed institutional support to implement the full S2S program. As that work takes place a pilot program has begun to test student reception to a variety of professional skills workshops. The results of this testing are presented here. Through a partnership between the library and the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program, 5 workshops will take place during both the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters. Faculty and staff with expertise in various professional skills have been brought in to lead students through these workshops. The students are surveyed at the end of each semester to evaluate each workshop and are asked if they are interested in participating in a focus group to provide additional feedback.
Frenkel, M., & Bringardner, J., & Borges Rajguru, S. (2019, June), Work in Progress: Student to Scholar: A Learning Community Model for Professional Skills Development Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33650
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