Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning in Engineering

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Technological innovations are critical and forefront in our lives, and it is our responsibility to immerse all students, not only engineering majors, to the basics of engineering. Engineering education embodies societal and global issues through required components in the humanities and social sciences. Similarly, it is important that the broader general education of non-engineering students include an understanding of the impact and contributions of engineering and technology. Therefore, the Center will aim to advance and pioneer various educational initiatives and create a bridge between the College and the University community by providing all students with an environment that will engage their curiosity in engineering and technology at all levels.

Goals:

  • Provide a bridge between the College and the University learning community by offering all students with an environment that will engage their curiosity in engineering and technology at a multitude of levels.
  • Provide an organized platform to advance and pioneer educational initiatives in the College, and University.

Areas of Emphasis:

The Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning in Engineering has the following pillars, with opportunities to grow over time.

Creating an Engineering Mindset Across Campus

The Center will facilitate setting up an engaging and innovative 1st Year General Studies in Engineering Program.  Examples may include Introduction to Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Introduction to Engineering, A general studies class/STEM cognate class on how Engineering and Technology addresses Global Grand Challenges (for majors and non-majors) taught by a team of experts. The Center will also work on programs to develop an entrepreneurial mindset in students. These introductory classes will provide framework for a remarkable first year experience for all students.

Active and Engaged Learning Best Practices

The Center will continue building on current successes, as well as initiating new programs such as innovative faculty development programs, workshops and individual consultations; peer mentoring; utilizing state-of-the-art classroom and lab infrastructure and technology; expanding the Annual Teaching and Learning Innovation in STEAM (TALIS) Day;   conducting external National Assessments for student engagement (NSSE, FSSE and others); creating Engineering specific learning communities; and conducting research on Teaching & Learning in Engineering.

Retention and Student Engagement Activities

The Center will promote retention of undergraduate engineering students through various engagement opportunities such as meaningful undergraduate research experiences, global immersion programs,  entrepreneurial programs, student workshops, peer mentoring and town hall meetings.  The Center will integrate these programs across degree programs, and may become a regional and national hub for engineering students. There will be an emphasis on students taking core Math and Physics courses, through specific tutoring and support services. Additional engineering tutoring and boot camp programs will be coordinated through the Center. The Center will also support and enhance programs such as “First Year Directions”, and other first year courses.

Community Building Activities and Fostering a Culture of Belonging

The Center will utilize internal resources to promote meaningful interactions (students-faculty-staff), by implementing team-building exercises, creating a social lounge and collaborative workspace for students, and hosting inclusive engaging events.   The Center will facilitate timely and engaging Alumni and Community events, as well as highlight success stories and career announcements on the CoE Website.

Launch and Scale Up Innovative Masters Programs, Lifelong Learning and Outreach Programs

The Center will support Engineering Chairs and Program Directors ideas and efforts to initiate innovative graduate and professional programs such as Construction Management, Sustainability, Resilience, Biomedical Engineering, Cyber Security, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

The Center will facilitate certificate programs such as project management, FE exam preparation, guest lectures or seminar series for Alumni and the local Engineering community. The Center will collaborate with UM internal partners and stakeholders on these programs and support the growth of all current programs.