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ENGINEERING

Faculty Development at a Distance: The Ways of Knowing and Ways of
Practice Experience

by Tammy Kempfert, TTT Editor

UW-Madison is hosting a unique professional development experience
in Spring 2003, an online exchange called "Ways of Knowing and
Ways of Practice." Sponsored by the Foundation Coalition, a National
Science Foundation group that promotes systemic reforms in
engineering education, the project called for participation of campus
teams. The group initiated the experience with a face-to-face meeting
in Madison. (Jan. 2003)

UW-Madison Engineering Class Studies Functionality of Palm Pilot for Student Users
by Jennifer Smith, TTT Editor

As part of an arrangement between Palm, Inc., and the UW System, several UW faculty members around the state incorporated Palm Pilots into their spring classes to gauge their educational usefulness. One such project involved Dr. Leah Newman's industrial engineering seminar at UW-Madison, "New Technology and Human Factors." Newman's students gathered reponses from a focus group of fellow students about their use of the Palm IIIx and thoughts about its design and functionality. Read a summary of their findings here, and don't miss the related story below on the use of the Palm in a chemistry laboratory. (May 2001)

Master of Engineering in Professional Practice Reaches Working Engineers at a Distance
by Jennifer Smith, TTT Editor

Working engineers who are seeking a graduate degree to benefit their professional development have a new option to choose from. The Master of Engineering in Professional Practice (MEPP) program at UW-Madison gives students a chance to earn a master's in two years of focused coursework. Strong student support is one of MEPP's hallmarks. Students progress through the program as a cohort, and a full-time counselor is available to assist students with a range of issues. Faculty seasoned in distance ed and professionally accomplished students round out the program. (Jan. 2001)

Support for Distance Learning Programs: Is Technology Really Enough?
by Karen Al-Ashkar, M.A., Counselor,
Master of Engineering in Professional Practice Program, UW-Madison

Learn more about the student-support aspect of the MEPP program featured above. TTT directs readers to the American Society of Engineering Education's site to read MEPP counselor Al-Ashkar's paper. Related to her current dissertation research, Al-Ashkar's paper won an award at the ASEE's 2000 annual conference. (After following the link above, scroll down to "Best PIC-V Paper.") (Jan. 2001)

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