Creating career-ready engineers
No profession unleashes the spirit of innovation like engineering, yet students often have a limited sense of what engineers actually do. Our goal is to change that. We have thrown away the course-centric teaching model to create a new generation of well-rounded engineers.
In the News
ECE student shares why the KI activities help her see connections to the real world.
Our Teaching and Learning Model
Our diverse team of educators at Colorado State University are redefining what it means to teach and learn in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Read a detailed description of our work in IEEE Access.
Pillars of our new approach to learning:
Knowledge Integration Activities
To help students understand why they are learning material and how it will help them engineer a better world, every four weeks we are bringing together all the professors and students from the technical core of the junior year to participate in hands-on group exercises called knowledge integration (KI) activities.
Learning Studio Modules
Moving away from the “siloed” course structure, a multifaceted faculty team rearranged and synthesized core courses from the sophomore and junior years into Learning Studio Modules (LSMs). Unlike typical courses, LSMs blur the lines between courses and provide a framework for delivering content at a fine-grained level. As a result of the faculty team collaborations, each LSM is taught using common terminology, notations, and shared examples so that students can see how the material connects across the curriculum. The fine granularity of the concepts in LSMs allows synchronization of required concepts across the curriculum to better serve the knowledge integration (KI) activities.
Threads throughout the Curriculum
Many central concepts and skills impact a student’s ability to become a well-rounded engineer. Rather than teaching these important themes in isolation, we are weaving them throughout the curriculum:
- Creativity Thread
- Foundations Thread
- Professionalism Thread
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University is built on innovation, creativity, and impact.