The Learning Fatory Workshop is designed with the purpose of extending and disseminating the
Learning Factory program to other universities and institutions. The goal is to share the
Learning Factory Program in all of its aspects and provide a means to help faculty adopt and
adapt it at their institutions. In so doing, we will help engineering faculty design and
implement strategies at their institutions to comply with ABET 2000 requirements.
Basically, this workshop
will go through the following steps in education reform: from the establishment of
educational objectives to planning (resources, timetable, responsibilities) to
curriculum development (courses, integrated laboratory facilities, industry collaboration),
and finally to outcomes assessment (designing the assessment strategy, conducting assessment,
assessment tools design, reporting and feedback.
WORKSHOP DESIGN AND FORMAT
The workshop is designed for 25-40 participants. The first part of the workshop will be dedicated
to presenting a general overview of the Learning Factory Program and the process of developing an
outcomes-based curriculum. It also presents the Learning Factory Program as a strategy to comply
with ABET 2000 Criteria. The second part will be devoted to describing the curriculum, courses,
integrated laboratory facilities and industry advisory board. The third part will address assessment
strategies to evaluate student learning outcomes and program goals. The workshop presentation
strategy will be as follows: After a short presentation, teams of participants will break out to
discuss the topic presented and come up with their ideas on how to adopt or adapt the specific topic
at their institutions. When reconvening, each team will share their ideas with the rest. Participants
will have the opportunity to work on their perception as to what are the stakeholders needs, develop a
strategy to address those needs, and develop an assessment scheme. These exercises will help them in their
institution's developments to address ABET 2000.