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Industrial Design, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference


Article 37842

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference

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July 26th - 29th 2021




In this work, we address the role(s) students play during their education. While the students’ main role is to learn, it is observed that in most classrooms, students approach learning through the lens of the instructor’s vision. The authors have experienced it in engineering as well as technological literacy classes, with some differences. For this paper we focus on the engineering students. In recent years, newer pedagogical approaches and improvements in instruction techniques have expanded the student’s view from this lens [1,2]. Nonetheless, students who are taking more than a few classes with heavy syllabi tend to focus on finishing the classes with reasonable performance. This is done knowing that it is not the best approach to learning. However, the students end up believing that grades are more important than deeper learning [3]. The pedagogical approaches need to have the right approach to include the students’ views and voices to some degree. It is important to retain the students’ autonomy and perspectives. They need to own their role as active participants of the class.


This presentation is published as Gaunkar, N.P., Jones, S.K., Mina, M., The Challenge: The Role of the Student in Engineering and Technological Literacy Programs, Perspectives, Discussions, and Ideations, presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference. July 26th-29th 2021. Posted with permission.


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