The development of a virtual socializer-based intervention targeting low-achieving second-year engineering students

Kevin Sevilla, Marie Paretti

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    Abstract

    Engineering education has a retention problem resulting in the largest proportion of students leaving the major during their second year. Most frequently citing poor academic performance stemming from a combination of course difficulty, poor teaching, and a lack of a sense of belonging, the second year has shown itself to be an important focal point for intervention efforts aimed at addressing these concerns. While university sponsored support efforts have been developed, the fact remains that oftentimes students elect not to attend, thus posing the question of whether or not the onus is on the students or the programs to engage the other. In an effort to connect these two parties regardless of circumstance, a video-based virtual mentoring intervention was developed and tested as a means to offer the benefits of in-person mentoring without the social inhibitors that prevent students from attending. This paper discusses both the development of a virtual mentoring tool as well as some initial findings regarding students’ viewing preferences and outcomes of this type of interaction.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFIE 2014
    Subtitle of host publicationOpening Doors to Innovation and Internationalization in Engineering Education
    PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    Pages1991-1995
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event44th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: FIE 2014 - Melia Castilla Hotel & Convention Center, Madrid, Spain
    Duration: 22 Oct 201425 Oct 2014
    https://web.archive.org/web/20140618094453/http://fie2014.org/ (Conference website)
    https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?punumber=7017968 (Conference proceedings)

    Conference

    Conference44th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference
    Abbreviated titleOpening Doors to Innovation and Internationalization in Engineering Education
    Country/TerritorySpain
    CityMadrid
    Period22/10/1425/10/14
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