Forum on Characterizing the Impact and Diffusion of Transformative Engineering Education Innovations

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Completed
July 09, 2012
to
September
22
2010
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National Science Foundation
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At-a-Glance
Forum to discuss effectiveness of the TUES program in promoting the development and diffusion of innovations in engineering education.
Key Contacts
  • Beth Cady
    Program Officer, Engineer Education
    National Academy of Engineering
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    202-334-2064

CASEE held an invitational one and one-half day forum in February 2011 in New Orleans, LA. The thirty-six attendees and 5 invited observers were broadly representative of diverse individual and institutional perspectives and constituencies in engineering education including former NSF rotators, engineering educators, social science and education researchers, administrators, program evaluation experts, and change management scholars.

Drawing on comparisons of successful and less successful examples of transformative educational innovations and their diffusion (dissemination and use), as well as commissioned white papers, attendees sought to answer the following questions:

  1. What were the critical (human, organizational, resource, etc.) factors that led to successful innovation?
  2. What intermediate metrics provide indication of short-, mid-, and long-range success (educational impact) in innovation?
  3. What broad strategies emerge from the examples by which to pursue transformative education innovations?
  4. What were the critical (human, organizational, resource, etc.) factors that led to successful diffusion?
  5. What intermediate metrics provide indication of short-, mid-, and long-range success (educational impact) in diffusion?
  6. What broad strategies emerge from the examples by which to pursue diffusion of transformative education innovations?

Attendees were split into four breakout groups (two each looking at innovation and two each looking at diffusion), the general chair and the breakout group chairs summarized the forum discussion in a final paper suitable for publication in a journal or presentation at a conference. Project staff will seek to make presentations, including special sessions, on the forum activities and outputs, including at the annual meetings of the American Education Research Association and the American Society for Engineering Education as well as for the Frontiers of Education Conference. The forum background papers and outputs will be posted to a project web site and a summary of key observations will be compiled in a PDF sent to all TUES grantees via email.

This project is made possible through a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE-1059125).

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