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American Society for Engineering EducationFEBRUARY 2007Volume 16 | Number 6 2007 Annual Conference PRISM HOMETABLE OF CONTENTSBACK ISSUES
2007 Annual Conference



Hawaii Convention CenterThe following workshops will take place during the 2007 ASEE annual conference. Due to limited seating, you MUST register for all workshops. Please note: Only those registered for the ASEE annual conference are eligible to purchase tickets to workshops.

0525 - Accessible Design: It’s the Law / Universal Design: It’s the Market

Hawaii12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Design in Engineering Education Division

Accessible design is mandated by the ADA, Section 255 (Telecommunications Act) and Section 508 (Rehab Act). These laws mandate accessible design for built environments (e.g. buildings, transportation), telecommunications products and services, and all electronic and information technology purchased by the federal government and the growing number of states that are adopting the 508 mandates and guidelines. Universal design is being driven by global market forces. Companies need to design products and services for diverse consumers at reasonable prices. Toyota and OXO are just a few of the major corporations that have embraced universal design in their operations and products. Accessible design and universal design are closely related but are driven by different societal forces. The design principles are related and heavily overlap.

0241 - Assessment and Lifelong Learning

8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Engineering Libraries Division

ABET’s lifelong learning outcome remains a difficult concept to understand and assess. This workshop illustrates that lifelong learning can be impacted upon by teaching students to locate and use information appropriately in the context of an engineering course. Students’ ability to engage in lifelong learning (LL) is impacted by a skill set, information literacy (IL), which is commonly utilized in instruction sessions taught by librarians. This workshop demonstrates that a student’s lifelong learning behaviors are measurable, based on the use of the information literacy skill set. Additionally the skill set can be taught in parallel with the content of engineering coursework, thus providing a context and an incentive to learn. Teams of engineering faculty/librarian collaborators from six institutions describe how they have built IL instruction and LL assessment into the curriculum. This workshop will accomplish the following objectives: highlight successful practices of integrating information literacy into the engineering curriculum and courses; explain how faculty can receive assistance in designing information literacy-related assignments and/or activities; show faculty how to write outcomes for lifelong learning and assess student achievement for the same; and explore how faculty might share the contents of the workshop with others at their institutions.

0230 - Case Studies in Engineering Education

8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Educational Research & Methods Division

This three-hour workshop will have three parts: 1) A case study based on our experiences in the engineering classroom. Participants will read this “meta-case” before attending the workshop, then engage in a group discussion. Techniques of effective case teaching will be demonstrated while the case is being discussed. 2) A moderated discussion about case studies, their applicability to a variety of classroom situations and effective practices in writing and presenting cases. 3) A discussion of different types of cases and their implementation in the classroom. Multiple styles will be introduced, with participants acting as students to learn the purpose and implementation of each type. At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to: recognize the key elements of the case-study style of teaching and what distinguishes cases from lecture or stories; use different types of case studies to meet specific class goals; access resources on effective practices in case teaching and writing; and have experienced a case from the student’s point of view and observed effective practices for a case instructor. Case studies are an excellent way to deliver content to students and can be easily implemented in lecture-style courses or used to support active or problem-based learning. They introduce technical material in a context that is relevant to and helps motivate students. Open-ended discussion helps students identify what concepts they need to learn during the course by asking themselves “What do I need to know to solve this problem?” Cases help prepare a class for later learning by helping students create personal learning goals and demonstrating why content knowledge is relevant to their careers. Addressing student questions through a case study creates a scaffold around which knowledge will be structured before learning occurs; creation of a scaffold is critical since it is extremely difficult to restructure knowledge. A case study is effective at creating a scaffold since it provides intent and makes knowledge relevant to the learner. In brief, a case helps establish common preconceptions shared by the entire class. Case studies are student- rather than instructor-driven, which distinguishes them from “war stories.” The ability to observe a student-driven discussion helps the instructor discover what preconceptions or misconceptions students have that may interfere with learning and know their students. A case can show the relationship between technical concepts and their social and ethical impact, limitations due to resource availability, legal issues, management decision or interpersonal conflicts. A case can help instructors quickly cover many of the ABET outcomes that are difficult to incorporate into traditional courses. Case studies help the instructor reach out to students who are less engaged in the learning process. Characters in a case can serve as positive (or negative) examples of engineers in the workplace. Positive role models help to establish positive expectations, which are correlated with success. Using a case study may impact retention of underrepresented groups by creating an environment that lets students utilize experiential or narrative modes of processing information.

0267 - Design Squad: Get Kids Excited About Engineering

8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering Division

“Design Squad,” a new engineering show on PBS, has free engineering resources you can use in classrooms, after-school programs and event settings to get middle school kids excited about engineering. At this workshop, you will learn how to lead hands-on engineering activities with kids, host events and workshops, train others and discuss ways to incorporate “Design Squad” into your outreach programs. Try your hand at engineering challenges from the Design Squad Educator’s Guide and Event Guide, like designing a hidden alarm, building a toy car, creating a kinetic sculpture and more. The educator’s guide provides in-depth instructions to do four challenges over a 10-week period and includes teaching strategies, science and engineering concepts and group management tips. The event guide includes five reproducible activity sheets (in English and Spanish), event set-up suggestions and tips for working with kids. All attendees will receive a free copy of the guides.

0460 - Develop Course Materials & Deliver Online

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
International Division

This hands-on workshop is intended for engineering educators interested in developing and assessing computer-based and Web-based active learning resources for their courses. Workshop topics will include discussion of hardware and software used in developing teaching materials and techniques used to create the materials. Assessment methods used will be discussed. Participants will receive a CD with the information. The workshop was developed as part of grants from NSF (CCLI-0088947), Hewlett Foundation (University of Wyoming) and Texas Tech University.

0463 - Educator’s Introduction to Lean Certification

12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Manufacturing Division

The workshop will provide a survey of the content and relevance of Lean Certification as administered by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. This program of Lean Certification is used to verify a body of knowledge and experience implementing lean practices.

0540 - Engineering and Poverty in America

2:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Engineering Ethics Division

The existence of poverty in the United States persists, notwithstanding the immense technological advancements that have been made over the last 50 years. This suggests that not all segments of the population are receiving comparable benefits. Approximately 13 percent (39 million people) of the population is officially living in poverty. For these people, quality of life has not increased since WWII. This session will introduce the participants to notions of poverty in the United States and shed light on prejudices often implicit during the advancement of technology. During this session, participants will be tasked with a conceptual design exercise relating to the theme and will reflect on the criteria selected for their design. By extension, they will also consider associated values within engineering programs more generally. Finally, they will prototype a new instrument that is intended to create a values map for the engineering profession.

0261 - Engineering Ethics Through Science Fiction: Exploring the Implications of New Technologies

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Liberal Education Division
Engineering Ethics Division

Our increasing ability to control and manipulate matter points to an increasing power to experiment with and even alter the fundamental constitution of human existence and experience. The convergence of nano-, bio- and information technologies, for example, raises complex questions that challenge us to teach students to explore the ramifications of those technologies through traditional instructional methods. Alternative pedagogies are necessary to fully explore their social and moral implications. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to science fiction readings and films with ethics content and approaches to using this material in the classroom, including writing their own short stories. Participants will gain ideas for gathering teaching materials, resources to support their use of science fiction in teaching, classroom exercises for engaging dialogue and a template for crafting short stories. Beyond practical use in the classroom, the workshop is designed to stimulate and engage the moral imagination of its participants.

0467 - Exploring the K-12 Components of the Engineering Pathway: A User and Publisher Roadmap

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering Division

This hands-on workshop introduces you to the K-12 components of the Engineering Pathway—a portal to K-12 teaching and learning resources in engineering, applied science and math—for use by K-12 and university educators. Explore the K-12 engineering resources in the collection and become acquainted with, a free online collection of standards-based lessons and activities that use engineering as a vehicle for teaching and integrating science, math and technology in K-12 settings. Become familiar with the Web-based K-12 resources in the new Engineering Pathway as you learn how to quickly locate K-12 engineering activities and lessons by many search criteria, such as keywords, grade level, relevant educational standards and more. Also, discover how to dust off your own great K-12 engineering resources to disseminate them online to a broad audience. In this workshop, learn how to publish your K-12 curriculum or resources in the Engineering Pathway and in

0409 - Get Faculty Engaged in Entrepreneurship and the Students Will LEAD

12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Biomedical Engineering Division
Entrepreneurship Division

Entrepreneurship minors and entrepreneurial activities are nothing new at U.S. universities. However, engineering programs that seamlessly integrate entrepreneurship into the engineering curriculum are few in number. This is likely due to the difficulty in adding courses to an already overly ambitious curriculum in an environment where fewer courses in a curriculum are being mandated. While imposing, the task is not impossible. By first convincing the engineering faculty of its importance and then by strategically introducing concepts of innovation, creativity and business planning, entrepreneurship can become an integral part of engineering programs. This workshop will share strategies that can be used to introduce entrepreneurship into already overly prescriptive engineering curricula. The goal is to help the faculty who are proponents of entrepreneurship develop techniques to convince fellow faculty members of its importance to an engineer’s education. Participants will discuss techniques that can be used to include entrepreneurship in an undergraduate engineering curriculum.

0541 - Greenstone Digital Library

2:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Engineering Libraries Division

As greater numbers of engineering faculty produce digital versions of their work (documents, AutoCAD files, images, data, etc.), the problem of preserving and disseminating these results is becoming more difficult. Often these data are not easily communicated in a piecemeal fashion but are only significant when maintained in a relational database system. Gaining institutional support to network these materials may be difficult to obtain and resources for developing a tailor-made repository may be impossible to obtain. The Greenstone Workshop will introduce an open-source software system that allows users to create their own repositories of digital objects. These repositories may be maintained as local files, networked on the Internet, or recorded to CD-ROM for export as stand-alone retrieval systems. Access to materials can be provided to students or colleagues through an interface designed for your application. This workshop provides engineering faculty with a no-cost option for managing and disseminating their materials. Greenstone is used globally and can export data to institutional repository systems such as DSpace. It provides a practical tool to support research and education in the digital environment.

0413 - High-Performance Learning Environments (Hi-PeLE)

12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Chemical Engineering Division
New Engineering Educators Division

This workshop focuses on the design, implementation and assessment of high-performance learning environments (Hi-PeLE). We define Hi-PeLE as high-retention methods to enhance learning effectiveness within active/collaborative learning environments. The approach can be used to teach inductively and bring the fun of discovery learning back to the students. During the workshop, the basic ideas of Hi-PeLE will be discussed along with key aspects of implementation and assessment. Examples drawn from the presenters’ experiences will be included. During the workshop, attendees will design Hi-PeLE’s to be implemented in their own courses.

0209 - How People Learn Engineering

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Biomedical Engineering Division
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering Division

Before the workshop, participants will identify a course for possible development or revision, identify objectives for that course and consider how the various areas within the course relate/interrelate. During the workshop, participants examine aspects of current HPL learning theory (as set forth in the National Research Council’s How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School [1999]) and how to apply these in the structured lesson format of a Legacy Cycle. They then use the Legacy Cycle in developing lessons and engage collaboration and peer review in the process. After the workshop, participants are encouraged to follow up with the facilitators on the effects of their lesson implementation.

0545 - Introduction and Overview of the NSF Proposal Process

2:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Engineering Research Council

The workshop will provide an overview of the National Science Foundation, its programs, procedures and policies. Topics to be covered include, NSF organization, interacting with NSF program officers, proposal writing and submission, the merit review process, the grant administration, and being an NSF reviewer. The workshop is well suited for those who are unfamiliar with NSF procedures and policies and are looking to find out how to get started in creating a successful NSF proposal. The workshop facilitator will be from the NSF, Division of Engineering Education and Centers.

0263 - Lean Manufacturing Simulation

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Manufacturing Division

In this hands-on simulation, participants will learn how the principles of lean manufacturing enhance throughout and flow in any process. Two products are used to simulate a manufacturing assembly environment. This provides a real experience that demonstrates the application of lean concepts. Participants will also learn the eight wastes that typically creep into any process and how to eliminate them.

0325 - NSF Capstone Design Assessment Workshop

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Design in Engineering Education Division

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce participants to classroom assessments developed for capstone engineering design courses. Participants will engage actively with assessments. They will be introduced to the research foundation for capstone engineering design assessments, explore specific assessment instruments and review student work and scoring from selected assessments. Specific assessments are presented for measuring individual student personal and professional growth, team dynamics and productivity and their skills to identify stakeholder needs and specify solution requirements. Participants will benefit from: grasping a research foundation for design education that develops learners and solutions; obtaining performance criteria for four areas of performance for engineering design; receiving assessment instruments and scoring rubrics for design performance; realizing student performance measurable from design assessments; and establishing networks with other educators engaged in capstone design assessment.

0220 - Real-Time DSP for Educators: A Hands-On Workshop

8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Computers in Education Division

This workshop will provide participants with a comprehensive introduction to real-time DSP with an emphasis on how to incorporate these topics into their own courses. Getting started with industry standard DSP chips, such as the C6000 series from Texas Instruments, has been a formidable task. Few educators have the time to do it, and most of the available books and documentation don’t provide a smooth transition from theory to practice. This workshop will be based on a new real-time DSP book by the workshop organizers. The workshop has been carefully crafted from a pedagogical perspective to quickly provide the confidence, knowledge and skills to each participant so that they can teach real-time DSP hardware topics in their courses. Over a dozen papers by the workshop organizers were presented at ASEE CoED sessions and appeared in the ASEE Computers in Education Journal from 1998 to 2006, covering many of these and other topics. They have met with great enthusiasm by the CoED audience, along with requests for a book and such a workshop.

0213 - Recent Advances in Numerical Problem Solving by Integrating Software - Polymath, Excel and MATLAB

8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Chemical Engineering Division
Mathematics Division

The workshop will provide hands-on experience with software packages that are useful in efficiently solving classroom examples and homework problems within core engineering courses. The overall approach will focus on general calculations, linear equations, nonlinear equations, ordinary differential equations and regressions with statistics (polynomial, multiple linear and nonlinear). This workshop will provide insight into the practical aspects of problem solution with validation and proper interpretations of results. Mathematical software utilized will include Polymath, Excel and MATLAB. The recently developed capabilities of Polymath to automatically generate Excel spreadsheets and MATLAB files for entered problems will be extensively utilized. Also highlighted will be the ability to solve ordinary differential equations in Excel with a new Polymath ODE_Solver Add-In.

0240 - Robot Projects: Building, Promoting Understanding

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Computers in Education Division

This workshop develops effective instructional opportunities and methods that promote student understanding and confidence growth through robotics projects. Each co-moderator discusses best practices drawn from experiences in the classroom and in robot competitions. The topics include first-year engineering course development, undergraduate research and design projects, robot competitions, K-12 curricula and assessment strategies. Each of the co-moderators leads a breakout session group, which reports to the workshop as a whole in the final hour. Specific goals of the workshop are (1) to illustrate and describe curricular connections and sample courses including undergraduate research projects and first-year engineering projects; (2) to describe assessment methods that evaluate success of robotics programs; (3) to carry out brainstorming and problem-solving in breakout groups; and (4) to provide a forum for sharing best practices. Participants will be provided with a CD that contains all workshop materials.

0231 - Selecting and Evaluating Digital Learning Materials for Engineering and Pre-Engineering Education

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Educational Research & Methods Division

Interested in improving your teaching and learning environment by making it more exciting and more likely to capture the imagination of your students? Are you trying to integrate simulations, applets, case studies, courseware or other Web-based materials into your classes? Where do you go to find these digital learning materials? How do you evaluate the quality of the materials you do find? This workshop introduces faculty who are interested in integrating digital learning materials in their courses to an engineering digital library containing resources that can be used to support teaching and learning in both engineering higher education and in the pre-engineering K-12 environment. In the workshop we will also explore a set of criteria and methods useful in selecting and evaluating the quality of these materials to help achieve typical course goals. The workshop focuses on identifying pertinent resources included in the diversity of educational digital libraries. The conversation and exercises on the processes for selection, evaluation and adaptation will be preceded by a discussion of educational research principles and sound practices in teaching and learning. The audience will be introduced to a general intellectual framework for integrating digital learning materials that stresses identifying the particular learning objectives for the use of particular materials. Participants will be introduced to a several educational digital libraries to find these resources but will focus on the Engineering Pathway collection at They will have a hands-on opportunity to use these educational digital libraries and become familiar with the features and services offered to help users select and locate materials. Participants will be introduced to two sets of evaluation criteria, those used in the NEEDS Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware and those used in a process more aligned with typical journal-style peer review. They will have a hands-on opportunity to apply these criteria to better understand the metrics for quality in digital learning materials and how to apply these metrics to materials they are considering using to help achieve their course goals. Learning Objectives Workshop participants: will be able to apply a general framework for integrating digital learning materials in their course activities that matches their learning objectives for a given activity; will be able to use educational digital libraries to locate and select digital learning materials for use in their courses; will understand the breadth and depth of resources available through educational digital libraries, as well as the features each uses to help its users select materials; and will be able to use a set of criteria to evaluate the quality and potential usefulness of a given digital learning resource to meet a particular learning objective. Presentation Length and Focus: Preferred presentation length is six hours, however, the workshop could be tailored to fit into five hours and still provide major benefits. During a portion of the workshop, the focus will be on faculty members primarily interested in higher education. During a second portion of the workshop, the focus will switch to K-12 pre-engineering. Intended Audience: higher education faculty members from the broad spectrum of university disciplines as well as K-12 teachers can benefit from attending this workshop. University faculty interested in the teaching of science, math, pre-engineering and technology at the K-12 level will derive benefit from attending both portions of the workshop by hearing about the crossover topics among the two domains. The desire to improve teaching and learning through the appropriate use of technology and technology-based materials is the only prerequisite. Participants should also be willing to partake in the lively discussions that this workshop generally invokes. Enrollment for the workshop will be open to all conference attendees. However, some participants will be invited in order to ensure that we are able to recruit a solid set of lead library users from among the participants. Attendance should be limited to between 30 to 35 people. Resources: The presenters will provide a sufficient number of computers for the attendees to use throughout the workshop.

0262 - Service Learning in Engineering Courses and Curricula

8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Liberal Education Division

Service learning is a rapidly growing pedagogy in higher education and within engineering, technology and computing. Service learning provides a learning environment that is very well matched with ABET. Students can learn strong technical skills while developing teamwork, communication and leaderships skills. The community and human context of service learning provides rich learning experiences for contemporary social, global and ethical issues. Service learning also provides the kind of curricular efficiency necessary to meet the attributes called for in the National Academy’s Engineer of 2020. Evidence suggests that service learning also has the potential to increase participation among underrepresented populations within engineering, technology and computing. This interactive workshop will provide an introduction to service learning and allow participants to explore how it could be integrated into their own courses and curricula. Resources, partnerships and potential barriers will be discussed to provide strategies for successful implementation at the participants’ own institutions.

0408 - Spiral Curriculum: Theory and Application in Engineering

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Biological & Agricultural Engineering Division

A spiral curriculum (SC) revisits basic concepts repeatedly, building upon them until the student has grasped the full formal apparatus that goes with them. This model of learning, proposed by psychologist Jerome Bruner, offers enhanced and sustainable learning experiences for students. It is being successfully applied to a new biological engineering curriculum. In this interactive workshop, attendees will: (1) learn the key concepts for planning and implementing a spiral curriculum; (2) learn from the experiences of a biological engineering curriculum that was reformulated using SC principles; (3) develop initial plans for creating an SC model in their chosen engineering curriculum; and (4) learn how to develop successful collaborations between engineering and education faculty within institutional frameworks.

0447 - Teaching Embedded Systems With PIC18 Microcontroller Hands-On Workshop

12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Engineering Technology Division

This workshop is concerned with the designing of embedded systems based on PIC18F microcontrollers. In recent years, PIC microcontrollers have consistently ranked first in sales among various microcontrollers, and they have begun to gain considerable popularity in the teaching environment. This workshop will provide participants with a comprehensive introduction to the family of PIC18F microcontrollers and the architecture of the PIC18F microcontroller. The latter part will focus on the Microchip IDE (Integrated Development Environment) and hands-on exercises. Attendees will get hands-on experience with the Microchip IDE in developing, designing and troubleshooting assembly and C language problems. Attendees will also receive a disk with Microchip IDE, instructional materials, application notes, PICkit Demo Board and a textbook based on the PIC18F microcontroller authored by the presenter.

0336 - Undergraduate Deans Forum

10:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Engineering Deans Council

This forum is intended for assistant/associate deans with responsibilities for undergraduate education. Presentations and topics of mutual interest to undergraduate deans will be solicited by mid-March, and the most popular and relevant topics will be placed on the program. Please bring your own lunch.

0234 - Writing Proposals to Meet NSF’s Expectations

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Educational Research & Methods Division

The workshop will encompass three related but separate themes relevant to writing effective educational proposals. The three themes are treated in separate sub-sessions of the workshop and participants may attend any or all of the sub-sessions. Each sub-session will engage participants using a structured guided-interactive methodology that leads them through a series of topics. For each topic, the workshop will introduce the issues related to the topic, engage participants in group exercises designed to explore and share their understanding of these issues and then provide some expert opinion on these issues. Part A of the workshop, from 9:00 a.m. - noon, will examine how to write more effective proposals. Upon completing this portion, participants will be able to identify and use better strategies to improve their engineering education proposals. Part B, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., will provide guidance for the development of a project evaluation plan. At the end of this sub-session, participants will have a basis for working with an evaluator to collaboratively develop and implement an evaluation plan. Part C, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., will concentrate on approaches for addressing the broader impacts review criterion. Specific goals of Part B are: (1) to develop a better understanding of NSF’s broader impacts criterion and (2) to learn how to enhance broader impacts in a proposal.


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