Sustainable reform of introductory dynamics driven by a community of practice

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Abstract

The Strategic Instructional Initiatives Program (SIIP) is a college-wide effort to promote the sustainable adoption of evidence-based pedagogies in the College of Engineering. Rather than rely on solitary faculty champions to initiate reforms, SIIP aims to improve the sustainability of reforms by forming Communities of Practice (CoPs) consisting of instructors who are committed to the reform effort. This model of collaborative development provides avenues to secure faculty buy-in, organically spread effective practices, facilitate evaluation, and provide just-in-time training for faculty. This paper describes the rationale for the CoP-based reform model and presents a case study for how this model was used to drive the reform of the course Introductory Dynamics. This course was redesigned to achieve three goals: (1) improve students' low engagement and enthusiasm, (2) improve instructors' experience and reduce their high workload, and (3) maintain and elevate the current standards for content. Introductory Dynamics is one of the core second-year mechanics courses in our engineering curriculum, serving approximately 800 students per year. Course revisions have led to the adoption of a spectrum of evidence-based practices such as context-rich, collaborative problem-solving sessions, and classroom response systems. These efforts have improved student satisfaction with the course and have stimulated additional reform efforts of other high-enrollment mechanics courses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event121st ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: 360 Degrees of Engineering Education - Indianapolis, IN, United States
Duration: Jun 15 2014Jun 18 2014

Other

Other121st ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: 360 Degrees of Engineering Education
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityIndianapolis, IN
Period6/15/146/18/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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