Maximizing student learning through hands-on activities in engineering technology

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Program outcomes typically describe what the program's graduates will know and be able to demonstrate upon completion of their degree program. To a large extent, hands-on skills are what separate engineering from engineering technology. What the graduates can do defines the quality of the program and hence the quality of the college In the wake of the recent economic crunch, a new challenge is evolving for engineering technology programs in some areas of the nation. It is becoming harder to obtain industrial internships for students in order to maintain engineering technology's reputation and philosophy as a profession where knowledge of mathematics, physical and social sciences, and engineering is applied to planning, design and implementation of products and processes. It is very apparent that measures have to be taken to ensure that student learning is active and embeds hands on applications. The ripple effect of this challenge is less quality education that may lead to graduate unemployability, low enrollment, and hence program deletion This paper discusses how the implementation of industrial exercises as a component of a regular class laboratory experiments has benefited the industries involved as well as maximized students learning even in the absence of industrial internship. It also shows how industries can be encouraged or motivated to participate in academic endeavors in a non-financial way.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9587-9605
Number of pages19
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2004
EventASEE 2004 Annual Conference and Exposition, "Engineering Researchs New Heights" - Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2004Jun 23 2004


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