Minority Merit: Improving retention with cooperative learning in a first-year electronics course

Serge Minin, David Varodayan, Christopher Schmitz, Brian Faulkner, Dong San Choi, Geoffrey L. Herman

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Abstract

Engaging underrepresented populations of women and minorities in engineering represents our greatest untapped resource for increasing the STEM workforce and its productivity. Guided by the research that shows that students' performance and experience in a first course in the discipline is predictive of retention of these students, we are adopting Merit workshops into our Introduction to Electronics course (one of our department's first-year courses). Merit workshops engage students in collaborative learning communities to improve students' sense of belonging in the department. In this work in progress paper, we will describe how we implemented our Merit workshops and provide some preliminary evaluations of the workshop.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFIE 2016 - Frontiers in Education 2016
Subtitle of host publicationThe Crossroads of Engineering and Business
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509017904
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 28 2016
Event46th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2016 - Erie, United States
Duration: Oct 12 2016Oct 15 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Volume2016-November
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Other

Other46th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2016
CountryUnited States
CityErie
Period10/12/1610/15/16

Keywords

  • Collaborative learning
  • Merit
  • Sense of belonging
  • Underrepresented minorities
  • Women in engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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