Projects-to-Classrooms (P2C) program enhancement: Developing a flexible training framework to promote experiential learning in the Engineering curriculum

Project Team

  • Dean Richert, Assistant Professor of Teaching, School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science (Lead Applicant)
  • Michael Benoit, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Laura Patterson, Associate Professor of Teaching, School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Natalie Forssman, Lecturer, School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Alon Eisenstein, Assistant Professor of Teaching, School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Yang Cao, Professor of Teaching, School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science


Themes

  • Experiential Learning
  • Professional Skills and Competencies
  • Program Development and Transformation
  • Teaching Resources

Year

2022


About the Project

The Projects-to-Classroom (P2C) program within the School of Engineering is a unique co-curricular opportunity for students to solve real-world, industry inspired engineering problems. The goal of the P2C program is to enhance experiential learning in the Engineering curriculum by having P2C students translate workplace experiences and projects into curricular material such as case studies, lab activities, course projects, and other learning activities. The objective of this project is to create a framework for the P2C program to guide students and faculty supervisors in successfully converting their P2C projects into curricular material.  We will achieve this, in part, by developing a suite of self-directed training modules that cover the fundamentals of curricular design. P2C students, in consultation with their faculty supervisor, can choose to complete those modules that are most relevant to their projects. The training modules will be designed with flexibility in mind to allow students to fully customize their learning. Reporting milestones and evaluation rubrics will also be created to help P2C students and faculty manage their projects, as well as to provide a mechanism for evaluating the P2C project outcomes.

This project will substantially increase the impact of the P2C program. This program is highly innovative as it involves and benefits multiple stakeholders (students, faculty, industry, and the engineering curriculum). Specifically, it involves students directly in integrating more project-based courses into the Engineering curriculum.

 

Awarded in the 2022 Program and Learning Experience Enhancement Stream