This is a National Science Foundation Funded Research project with the goal of broadening participation in engineering undergraduate programs through the analysis of student preferences for engineering curricula.
To accomplish this goal, we are collecting engineering syllabi, instructor materials and other course content from all engineering programs in US institutions of higher education, including non-profit, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities. After gathering these curricular materials, our team will identify and aggregate the different forms of curricular and content representations (e.g., equations, images, narratives, simulations, and videos) found therein. These representations will then be presented to engineering students in order to assess their preferences for each.
To assist in this project, we ask that you submit your course syllabi, course materials and other related course content for inclusion in our dataset. Let us work together to broaden participation in engineering programs throughout the US and beyond. Neither your name nor your school will be used in any way. We will anonymize all instructor, institution and course names.
Students and Former Students
There are two parts of this study if you choose to participate. You may participate in the online surveys without participating in the focus group/interview. The purpose of the focus group/interview to get more information from you regarding your user preferences. We are asking for your participation in two parts of the study: 1) request you to complete surveys online and/or 2) request you to participate in a focus group.
Survey: The survey will take 8-15 minutes to complete. Participation in the online survey is primary and from participation in the online survey you may choose to participate in an online interview or survey. If you decide to take part in this study, you will participate in a set of online surveys and also possibly a focus group discussion of preferences relating to certain ways of presenting content in STEM and social science classes. You will receive a $4.00 electronic gift certificate from Amazon for completing the online surveys if you include your email address. We will collect your self-identified email address so that we can pay you the $4.00 electronic gift certificate from Amazon. This information will be asked in the online survey.
Focus Groups: Your participation in the focus group will last 30-45 minutes, if you choose to participate in the focus group. If you choose to participate in a focus group, you will be in a group of no more than four people who are UCSB students. Your participation is optional and voluntary. Your decision whether or not to participate will not affect your grades, prejudice your present or future relations with the University. You may end your participation at any time without penalty. If you choose to participate in the focus group, you will receive a $4.00 gift certificate from Amazon for participation in the focus group after completing the focus group or interview. Please indicate that you would like to be a part of the focus group after completing the online survey. There is a check box, located in Qualtrics, on the online survey to indicate whether or not you would like to participate in the online focus groups.
The $4.00 Amazon gift certificate is limited to the first 1500 participants who complete the qualtrics surveys.
The $4.00 Amazon gift certificate is limited to the first 100 focus group participants.
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