Experiential Learning

Community-based Projects in Engineering Courses 

The challenge: create community-based learning experiences for engineering students

Design Team: Staff at Center for Community Engaged Learning and Instructors

The approach: use experiential learning methodology in refining and designing new elements for the engineering curriculum

Key learning or insights: students struggled considerably with the ambiguity of these community-based experiences and needed the most amount of guidance with defining and scoping the project

The impact of findings: These community-based projects often shaped a deep learning experience for the students and had a positive impact on them according to the feedback provided by students.

My specific role:  I was the CBEL coordinator for the engineering course which meant I worked with the CBEL team and the instructors to modify curriculum elements while creating connections with community organizations and scoping out projects for students.