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									Integrated Teaching
and Learning Program

    College of Engineering
     and Applied Science
University of Colorado at Boulder

  Jackie Sullivan / Larry Carlson
          Co-Directors
Integrated Teaching
and Learning Credo

         I hear… I forget
      I see… I remember
      I do… I understand

              — Confucius, c. 500 B.C.
ITL Vision

To pioneer a multidisciplinary
learning environment that integrates
engineering theory with practice
and promotes creative, team-oriented
problem-solving skills
Integrated Teaching
and Learning Program...
    A college-wide program focused
          on hands-on learning
 Created interdisciplinary teams of faculty
 Built a large, interactive environment
  dedicated to hands-on learning
 Engineering through doing; students as
  integrators of knowledge & experience
ITL Concept Diagram
Students as Partners
 Engage and honor students
 Partners in their education
 Financial partners: $350K / yr “tax”
 Active learners, not passive recipients
 Why?
    • Hands-on experiences build confidence
    • Integrators of knowledge & experience
Success Factors: Process

 Grass roots initiative
 Modeled teamwork ourselves
 Sought input — “Tom Sawyer” model
 Articulated a vision and stuck with it
 Made the process FUN
The ITL Laboratory...
Supporting the Vision




 “First we shape our buildings, then our
 buildings shape us.” — Winston Churchill
The ITL Laboratory...
Supporting the Vision
 34,000 sq. ft. interactive learning
  environment
 Raised $17M
 Engaged faculty and students in all
  phases of design
 An environment and culture for learning
 Made it first class; NOT low end
ITL Laboratory:
Hands-On, Project-Based Learning

 Design studios
 Interdisciplinary laboratory plazas
 Fabrication facilities
    • Manufacturing Center
    • Electronics Center
 Team work areas
 Active learning center
 Computer simulation laboratory
ITL Laboratory:
Hands-On, Project-Based Learning

 Design studios
 Interdisciplinary laboratory plazas
 Fabrication facilities
    • Manufacturing Center
    • Electronics Center
 Team work areas
 Active learning center
 Computer simulation laboratory
ITL Laboratory:
Hands-On, Project-Based Learning

 Design studios
 Interdisciplinary laboratory plazas
 Fabrication facilities
    • Manufacturing Center
    • Electronics Center
 Team work areas
 Active learning center
 Computer simulation laboratory
ITL Laboratory:
Hands-On, Project-Based Learning

 Design studios
 Interdisciplinary laboratory plazas
 Fabrication facilities
    • Manufacturing Center
    • Electronics Center
 Team work areas
 Active learning center
 Computer simulation laboratory
K-16 Integrated Outreach...
Engineering in Everyday Life
 K-12 is vital to our mission
 $1.4M / 5 yr state outreach grant
 K-16 community design projects
 K-12 teacher workshops
 Pre-college design courses
 Address under-served populations
 Tips for Change...
  THINK BIG
  Make it a team effort; practice teamwork
  Find passionate advocates; reward them
   for incremental change
  Commit for the long haul — engaged
   in all facets of the program
  Demonstrate a passion for change


Every successful project has a champion(s)….
Tips for Change…

 Pilot curricular aspects early
 Assessment: advertise early results
 Continuously improve
 External Review Panel: fresh ideas
  and feedback
 Stay positive; believe change is possible
Supporting Change...
Provide Resources: People
 Broaden faculty horizons: ASEE, FIE,
  NCIIA
 Pay for curriculum reform… reward as
  scholarly work
 Provide staff “enablers”
Supporting Change...
Provide Resources: Equipment
 Force collaboration — e.g., must be
  used by 3+ departments
 Encourage department cost-sharing
 Require curriculum development and
  documentation
 Let faculty determine priorities (within
  clear constraints)
Supporting Change...
Provide Resources: Culture
 Ask for input
 Solicit feedback
 Act on suggestions
 Continuously improve
Supporting Change...
Provide Resources:     Moral Support
 Recognize and value risk-taking
 Create a safe, trusting environment
 Give faculty visibility to Chairs and
  Deans; share the successes
 Give praise and say thanks…often!
Overcome Inertia...
 Make progress every day
 Be clear about what you intend to
  accomplish
 Focus — like a laser
 Don’t confuse effort with results
 Have fun!
Integrated Teaching and Learning

College of Engineering & Applied Science
University of Colorado at Boulder


 Jackie Sullivan, Co-Director
 Larry Carlson, Co-Director


web site: http://itll.colorado.edu
                                 Thank you.

								
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