Workshop: Connecting Community-Based Learning and STEM Courses Through Design and Project-Based Learning
Presenter: Dr. William Oakes, director of the EPICS Program and a professor and a founding faculty member of the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University
Date: Tuesday, March 28
Location: Charles Commons Private Dining Room
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch provided)
This workshop will explore ways to integrate Community-Based Learning into STEM and other fields using successful examples as a framework and active discussions with participants to explore issues and constraints within their own classrooms. The workshop will actively engage participants in developing plans and ideas for their own students and local community.
Community-Based Learning offers many benefits for students and faculty including enhanced learning within the core academic content area, opportunities to develop the broader professional skills needed in today's global economy, and deeper learning about ourselves and the communities we live in. Data suggests that making connections between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and human and environmental needs within our communities can increase interest in the STEM topics and careers, especially with populations traditionally underrepresented in our fields. Community-Based Learning has been widely adopted in higher education but less so in the STEM disciplines.
William "Bill" Oakes is the director of the EPICS Program and a professor and a founding faculty member of the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He has been active in dissemination of service learning and community engagement for university and K12 engineering programs. He has published more than 100 conference and journal articles and contributed to 13 books, including as co-author of the first text for engineering community-based learning. He has received numerous awards for his efforts at Purdue, including election as a fellow of the Teaching Academy and a listing in the Book of Great Teachers. He was the first engineer to receive the U.S. Campus Compact Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award. He was a co-recipient of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering's Bernard Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education and recipient of the U.S. National Society of Professional Engineers' Educational Excellence Award and the American Society for Engineering Education's Chester Carlson Award for Innovation in Engineering Education. He is a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education and the National Society of Professional Engineers.
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