Creating systemic change in undergraduate engineering and STEM education is difficult to achieve and just as difficult to study. It has been proposed that organizational learning and change theories can be coupled with social network analysis to achieve both of these goals. In this paper, we describe an institutional change effort designed around principles from Communities of Practice. We then present the design of a social analysis network study that we are executing to study and analyze whether this change effort has been successful in achieving its goals. We present some preliminary data to demonstrate the promise of this approach for executing and studying institutional change in engineering education and STEM education more broadly.

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
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
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Other46th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Communities of practice
  • Evidence-based instructional practices
  • Institutional change
  • Research-based instructional strategies
  • Social network analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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