Unit 4: Develop and Improve on Your Creative Engineering Curriculum
By the end of this unit, you will be able to demonstrate how you plan on integrating the strategy and pedagogical techniques you identified in the previous units into your classroom
- You should have developed a strong understanding on how to develop a creative engineering curriculum from scratch
- You will learn about different techniques to observe, review, and improve their creative engineering curriculum (e.g. ADDIE model)
- You will finish the course-long activity and begin developing your creative engineering curriculum
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Model for implementing curriculums into the classroom
Throughout this mini-course, you have been learning about the importance of creativity in engineering. Followed by different pedagogical techniques that can foster creative though and critical thinking. You also learned about strategies for creating an engaging curriculum that will provide your students the best learning experience. Now you are ready to take everything you have learned and put them into place. But first, it is important to know how to will maintain and improve your curriculum. The ADDIE model provides a great guide on how to continuously improve your curriculum. ADDIE stands for:
- A: Analyze
- D: Design
- D: Develop
- I: Implement
- E: Evaluate
The image at the top of this unit gives a great run down of the different aspects of the ADDIE model. Nevertheless, below is a rundown of ADDIE.
- Analyze: For this step, you need to watch your class. Identify what in your curriculum is working and what is not. Are there students struggling? What part of your class needs improvement? Essentially, you are identifying areas of need. If you spot something in need of improvement, then you move on to the next step.
- Design: Now that you identified areas of improvement, you will need to design the parts of your new curriculum change. Alongside complying to standards relating to your class, you will be identifying your students strengths and interests. This paired with using strategies will greatly help you design a very effective curriculum. This step is a large part of what this mini-course covered for creative engineering.
- Develop: Once you have a curriculum design created, you now must develop it. This involves getting access to all the resources, paperwork to validate the new curriculum, and putting everything together. After which you preform a pilot test of your curriculum. This will provide you with some initial feedback to ensure it works as intended.
- Implement: This step is fairly self-explanatory. You now present and integrate your new curriculum into your classroom.
- Evaluate: After you implement your curriculum into your class, you must observe and evaluate its effectiveness. Is your new curriculum addition achieving what you designed it to do? How did the students respond to it? Preform a formative assessment to get feedback its effectiveness on the students education. This is the most important step as it indicates a success or not. If any further issues arise that need correction, restart the ADDIE process.
The ADDIE model is a very effective way to create and implement a new curriculum into your classroom. There are other models available, however, the ADDIE model provides a great overall guideline that will work for just about any new curriculum.
Please read the article File:Bringing ADDIE to Life.pdf. This article will provide a much more detailed description of the ADDIE model.
Implementing your creative engineering curriculum
Now that you have made it through the four units of this mini-course, you are ready to develop and implement your creative engineering curriculum.
From unit 1, you have learned what creative engineering is and why it is important. The next unit provided you with pedagogical techniques that will provide great foundations to incorporate creative engineering into your classroom. Followed by understanding your students' interests and learning styles will boast class engagement and your students' education experience will improve dramatically. Finally, you learned about the ADDIE model that will help you implement your curriculum in an effective and smooth manner.
Use everything you wrote down, discussed with your partner (if you had one), and learned when you develop your curriculum. With this new knowledge, you will be able to improve your students creative designing capability and improve their skills as an engineer. It will be a great benefit for your students starting out in this everchanging world.
Finishing up your course-long activity, think about how you want to design and develop your curriculum. How will it affect your students? Consider the questions below and write down your answers.
- Write an overview of your curriculum design plans.
- Write an overview of your curriculum development plans.
- How do you believe this new creative engineering curriculum will affect your students?
- What did you learn that you believe will improve your teaching practice?
- The ADDIE model provides guidelines teachers can use to effectively create and integrate new curriculums.
- ADDIE stands for Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate.
- Observe and receive important feedback to determine the quality and effectiveness of your new curriculum.
- If more revising is needed on the curriculum, just repeat the ADDIE model.
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