By: Desiré Bennett
October 22, 2013…UPDATE: Eugene Rutz and the University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering and Applied Science have successfully given more than 500 high school students a head start in college STEM studies over the course of just one academic year.
Want to find out how?
Watch the webinar on "Solving the STEM Shortage with Flipped Instruction and Dual Enrollment," presented by Professor Rutz, the academic director who spearheaded the program, and UC freshman Gretchen Kellerstrass, who pivoted her college and career plans after taking just one dual-enrollment engineering course.
In the webinar, Professor Rutz and Ms. Kellerstrass walk you through the program from two different perspectives. You’ll learn:
- How the program overcame affordability and scalability challenges by leveraging video learning modules created by college professors for anytime, anywhere viewing by high school students
- Why they’ve achieved success by introducing topics to younger students, in unexpected places and making sure they’re getting quality instruction and college credit for all their hard work
- How appropriate use of technology can overcome some of the significant barriers to providing dual enrollment courses
- Why it’s important to incorporate activities that show students how the lessons will apply to their lives and careers (That’s another way of saying, “Yes. You’ll use this when you’re an adult.”)
Eugene Rutz, Academic Director at the College of Engineering and Applied Science, has developed and taught: traditional face-to-face courses, courses co-taught by faculty at OSU using real-time interactive video, courses using audio and PowerPoint, courses using web-based content and interaction, courses using streaming video, and blended courses that combined distance and traditional education methods. Rutz has been the PI or investigator on several sponsored research grants studying the effectiveness of instructional technologies and the interplay of learning styles and instructional technology. He has also led numerous seminars for UC’s Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and for the Ohio Learning Network.
Gretchen Kellerstrass, University of Cincinnati freshman, College of Engineering, is a 2013 graduate of Kings High School in Kings Mills, Ohio, and winner of the first Sonic Foundry Video in Education Scholarship.
Sean Brown, Vice President, Sonic Foundry. Sean's core focus is simplifying digital media to improve use and outcomes. Before coming to Sonic Foundry in 2002, Sean has 23 years of product management and education business development experience at IBM, Apple and Oracle. He is a past president and board member of the Hopkins Foundation for Innovation in Education. Today, Sean also hosts Sonic Foundry's popular, monthly best practices webinar series for higher education.
A new dual-enrollment program at UC brings online college engineering courses to enhance high school STEM programs.