COE Freshman Core Redesign

The Teaching and Learning Innovation team is partnering with the College of Engineering (COE) in a course redesign initiative for their four freshmen engineering courses (ENGR-1300, ENGR-1301, ENGR-1302, ENGR-1303).

In February of 2024, the College of Engineering Faculty Organization voted to implement a common first year curriculum for all College of Engineering students. The goals for this common curriculum are to:

  • Establish foundational knowledge and skills
  • Simplify the transition of changing majors within the first year
  • Create inclusive pathways to support students with lower math placement to access all majors
  • Allow students to explore different majors before committing
  • Use innovative pedagogies and activities

The redesign process included developing design teams for each course and participating in a two day workshop. The workshop featured a presentation by The Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (Keen) where they talked about the entrepreneurial mindset and they shared some of their resources. Teaching and Learning Innovation team also facilitated activities where we discussed various topics to support the development of these courses such as design thinking, student personas, the students learning journey, curriculum mapping, among others. Each design team completed a “Lookbook” that outlined the following:

  • Course Value Propositions
  • Course Outcomes and Evidences
  • Content, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Active Learning and Assessments
  • Feedback, Communication, and Support
  • Technology and Data

In addition to curriculum support, the Center for Teaching and Learning is also assisting with video production and the Canvas course design. The new design for these courses are schedule to launch for the 2024-2025 school year.

COE Course Redesign workshop
COE Course Redesign workshop
COE Course Redesign workshop

Faculty Champions Involved