Redesign of First Year Engineering

Title Redesign of First Year Engineering
Faculty/College/Unit Applied Science
Status Active
Duration 2 Year
Initiation 04/01/2015
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2015/2016
Year 1: Project Type Large TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Peter Ostafichuk
Year 1: Funded Amount 138,735
Year 1: Team Members

Carol Jaeger, APSC Associate Dean, Undergraduate Engineering Programs
Elizabeth Croft, APSC Associate Dean, Education and Professional Development
Jim Sibley, APSC, Director of the Centre for Instructional Support
Janet Mee, Director, Access and Diversity, Engineering Inclusion Initiative
Emily Wyatt, APSC Academic Success, Student Development Officer
Ruth Kwok, APSC Student Recruiter and Advisor
Jon Mikkelsen, MECH Professor of Teaching
Naoko Ellis, CHBE Professor
Susan Nesbit, CIVL Professor of Teaching
Tatiana Teslenko, MECH Professor of Teaching
Noboru Yonemitsu, CIVL Senior Instructor
Jon Nakane, ENPH Lab Director
Mark MacLean, Undergraduate Chair of MATH

Year 2: Project Year Year 2
Year 2: Funding Year 2016/2017
Year 2: Project Type Large TLEF
Year 2: Principal Investigator Peter Ostafichuk
year-2 funded-amount 110,665
Project Summary

We wish to completely redefine first year engineering in Applied Science. Extensive stakeholder consultation has identified numerous opportunities to greatly improve student learning and student experience. Students in first year report feeling disconnected from engineering and not understanding what the engineering profession is about. Two new blended learning courses emphasizing engineering practice - with carefully thought-out online, lecture, and laboratory components - have been rolled out to replace three existing first year engineering courses. The blended learning approach will allow us to restructure the timing of activities for deeper, more impactful learning and better utilization of our teaching spaces. The curriculum revisions will extend to the non-engineering courses in physics, math, chemistry, and English by linking the foundational material from those courses into the engineering courses, and by bringing engineering context and practices into the non-engineering courses. We expect these changes will make first year learning experiences richer, longer-lasting, and more exciting.