Redesign of First Year Engineering

TitleRedesign of First Year Engineering
Faculty/College/UnitApplied Science
StatusCompleted
Duration2 Year
Initiation04/01/2015
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.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2015/2016
Year 1: Project TypeLarge TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorPeter Ostafichuk
Year 1: Funded Amount138,735
Year 1: Team Members

Peter Ostafichuk, Professor of Teaching, Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Carol Jaeger, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Engineering Programs, Faculty of Applied Science
Elizabeth Croft, Associate Dean, Education and Professional Development, Faculty of Applied Science
Jim Sibley, Director, Centre for Instructional Support, Faculty of Applied Science
Janet Mee, Director, Access and Diversity, Engineering Inclusion Initiative
Emily Wyatt, Academic Success, Student Development Officer, Faculty of Applied Science
Ruth Kwok, Student Recruiter and Advisor, Faculty of Applied Science
Jon Mikkelsen, Professor of Teaching, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Naoko Ellis, Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Susan Nesbit, Professor of Teaching, Civil Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Tatiana Teslenko, Professor of Teaching, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Noboru Yonemitsu, Senior Instructor, Civil Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Jon Nakane, Lab Director, Engineering Physics, Faculty of Applied Science
Mark MacLean, Undergraduate Chair, Mathematics, Faculty of Science

Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2016/2017
Year 2: Project TypeLarge TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorPeter Ostafichuk
Year 2: Funded Amount110,665
Year 2: Team Members

Peter Ostafichuk, Professor of Teaching, First Year Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Carol Jaeger, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Engineering Programs, Faculty of Applied Science
Elizabeth Croft, Associate Dean, Education and Professional Development, Faculty of Applied Science
Jim Sibley, Director, Centre for Instructional Support, Faculty of Applied Science
Janet Mee, Director, Access and Diversity, Engineering Inclusion Initiative
Emily Wyatt, Academic Success, Student Development Officer, Faculty of Applied Science
Ruth Kwok, Student Recruiter and Advisor, Faculty of Applied Science
Jon Mikkelsen, Professor of Teaching, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Naoko Ellis, Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Susan Nesbit, Professor of Teaching, Civil Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Tatiana Teslenko, Professor of Teaching, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Noboru Yonemitsu, Senior Instructor, Civil Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Jon Nakane, Lab Director, Engineering Physics, Faculty of Applied Science
Mark MacLean, Undergraduate Chair, Mathematics, Faculty of Science

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