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ERIC Number: EJ1058152
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2153-2516
Collaborating for Success: Team Teaching the Engineering Technical Thesis
Keating, Terrence; Long, Mike
American Journal of Engineering Education, v3 n1 p19-28 2012
This paper will examine the collaborative teaching process undertaken at College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q) by Engineering and the Communication faculties to improve the overall quality of engineering students' capstone projects known as the Technical Thesis. The Technical Thesis is divided into two separate components: a proposal stage (Tech Thesis 1--investigative) and a technical/presentation stage (Tech Thesis 2--final written and oral communicative report). It involves a complex blending of experimentation, technical information and data with competent formal technical report writing skills. In an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) environment, this challenge is formidable for students as it involves high technical as well as linguistic competencies. In an effort to gain accreditation from the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), a standing committee of The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) which provides national accreditation for over 240 post-secondary engineering technology and applied technology programs in Canada, the School of Engineering realized student results on the Technical Thesis at CNA-Q needed marked improvement. A pilot project, started during the 2008-2009 academic year, brought engineering faculty from various fields (Chemical Processing, Electrical, Mechanical, Process Automation and Telecommunications) together with writing faculty from the Communications Department to take on the task of improving final Tech Thesis results through co-delivery. Specifically, this paper will examine: (1) the process of developing the collaborative teaching approach at CNA-Q; (2) its perceived value by the stakeholders (faculty and students); (3) the ongoing challenges associated with its delivery; and (4) the overall level of improvement in student performance on the Technical Thesis as a result of the collaboration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Qatar