Advancing engineering education through technology-driven teaching innovations

Mohamed Yousef Ismail, Hamid Parsaei, Bing Guo, Konstantinos Kakosimos, Raelene Dufresne, Nasser Alaeddine

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Abstract

With the proliferation of technologies that are able to overcome the obstacles of time and space, it is inevitable that change would transform and reshape the traditional ways of doing things. In higher education, the impact of educational technologies and their potential to enhance the teaching and learning experiences as well as improve learning outcomes is yet to be felt in any tangible way. This is mainly attributed to the lack of motivation by faculty to utilize new technologies in their classrooms. To further motivate faculty to introduce and integrate digital technologies into the classroom as teaching aids, a comprehensive plan was developed at Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) to promote and encourage the use of technology in innovative ways. The groundwork for triggering successful technology adoption cycles requires developing targeted strategies that promote the use of technology. Transitioning from the state of non-acceptance to the state of adoption involves going through several intermediary stages that inform, train, and reward faculty members. Although strategies employed at TAMUQ address each of the three stages, they go beyond the goal of adoption to stimulate innovation. In order to promote the innovative use of technology, an annual Teaching Innovation with Technology competition was introduced with the goal of encouraging faculty to experiment with new technologies and assess their impact on their classrooms. The competition has been running for two years and has resulted in several innovative ideas. This paper summarizes the results from the three finalist projects coming out of the second year competition. The results demonstrate that technology can reshape teaching and learning in engineering education in productive ways. On one hand, students involved in classes that employed technology to complement the educational process have become more interested and engaged in their classrooms. On the other hand, faculty exposed to motivational strategies have become more receptive to the idea of employing and experimenting with new technologies in innovative ways.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Education
Volume2016-June
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2016
Event123rd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - New Orleans, United States
Duration: 26 Jun 201629 Jun 2016

Other

Other123rd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
CountryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period26/6/1629/6/16

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Engineering education
Teaching
Innovation
Educational technology
Education
Students

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  • Engineering(all)

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Ismail, M. Y., Parsaei, H., Guo, B., Kakosimos, K., Dufresne, R., & Alaeddine, N. (2016). Advancing engineering education through technology-driven teaching innovations. In 2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition (Vol. 2016-June). American Society for Engineering Education.

Advancing engineering education through technology-driven teaching innovations. / Ismail, Mohamed Yousef; Parsaei, Hamid; Guo, Bing; Kakosimos, Konstantinos; Dufresne, Raelene; Alaeddine, Nasser.

2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. Vol. 2016-June American Society for Engineering Education, 2016.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Ismail, MY, Parsaei, H, Guo, B, Kakosimos, K, Dufresne, R & Alaeddine, N 2016, Advancing engineering education through technology-driven teaching innovations. in 2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. vol. 2016-June, American Society for Engineering Education, 123rd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, New Orleans, United States, 26/6/16.
Ismail MY, Parsaei H, Guo B, Kakosimos K, Dufresne R, Alaeddine N. Advancing engineering education through technology-driven teaching innovations. In 2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. Vol. 2016-June. American Society for Engineering Education. 2016
Ismail, Mohamed Yousef ; Parsaei, Hamid ; Guo, Bing ; Kakosimos, Konstantinos ; Dufresne, Raelene ; Alaeddine, Nasser. / Advancing engineering education through technology-driven teaching innovations. 2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. Vol. 2016-June American Society for Engineering Education, 2016.
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