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From Prism: Survival Course

The full version of this story appears in the Summer 2014 issue of Prism Magazine. Check the Prism website for the whole story.

“You’ve already overcome challenges to a certain degree,” Willie Rockward reminds freshmen at all-male Morehouse College, alma mater of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other African-American leaders. While too many of their peers are “in jail, in a morgue, or on the way” to one or the other fate, these young men, on average, have earned 3.2 high school GPAs. But steeper challenges await them in the Physics and Dual-degree Engineering Department that Rockward chairs, including two preliminary semesters of “tough math.” And before students enter Morehouse’s 3-plus-2 partnership with one of 14 engineering schools, including Georgia Tech, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Rochester Institute of Technology, they’ll take three semesters of physics.

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Students Race, Indy 500 Style, at the Annual Conference

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From the ASEE 2014 Annual Conference. Find more interesting sessions on the Conference Connections blog.

Motorsports and robotics fans cheered on student teams from as far away as Virginia’s Tidewater Community College as they raced their autonomous vehicles around the track, Indy 500-style, in the Two-Year College Division’s annual competition.

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Researchers Seek a MOOC Strategy for Engineering

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Jeremi London, a Ph.D. candidate in engineering education at Purdue University and a member of ASEE’s Student Division, was the opening speaker at a workshop entitled “What is the Role of MOOCs in Engineering Education” on June 15, the first day of ASEE’s annual conference in Indianapolis.

Currently an intern in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation, she has been involved in an effort to identify research questions that explore the potential for MOOCs in engineering and in improving learning. NSF, she said, thinks engineering educators’ approach to MOOCs “should be strategic — not reactive.” The ASEE workshop was the third in a series seeking to spur research collaborations. Learn more about the project here.

 

 

Engineering and MOOCs: What’s Happening?

ASEE Student Division member Jeremi London, a Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University,  is currently an intern in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation. She will be participating in an NSF-funded workshop on the opening day of ASEE’s 2014 Annual Conference entitled What is the Role of MOOCs in Engineering Education? This will be the third of a series of four workshops aimed at developing a research agenda around the role of Massive Open Online Courses in engineering education. Learn more about the project here.