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In This Issue

Featured Resources in General Advanced Technological Education

From EvaluATE: Evaluation Resource Center for Advanced Technological Education:

Strategies for Effective Evaluation Reporting

These resources, provided by EvaluATE: Evaluation Resource Center for Advanced Technological Education, include information about evaluation reporting. Resources include presentation slides and a 6-page checklist. The slides were presented at the ATE Primary Investigators Conference in October 2017. The presentation slides discuss the following main topics: reporting basics, design and formatting, and beyond repair. The checklist lists and describes the elements of an evaluation report. The main sections of the report include Title Page, Acknowledgements, Table of Contents, List of Tables and Figures, List of Acronyms, Executive Summary, Introduction, Program Description, Evaluation Background, Evaluation Methods, and more. Each main section includes information that should be included in an evaluation report.

From Meeting of the 21st Century Skills Collaboration:

Meeting of the 21st Century Skills Collaboration Presentations

These resources are provided by the Meeting of the 21st Century Skills Collaboration and include agendas and presentations from a meeting held on July 18, 2017. The meeting was held in conjunction with the larger High Impact Technology Exchange (Hi-TEC) conference. The meeting included mini-proposal presentations from potential project collaborators.

Resources include two agenda documents and six PowerPoint presentations. The agendas identify the community college members, evaluators, and industry professionals who attended the meeting and provide questions that were discussed during each session. The presentations include information on the 21st Century Skills Collaboration project and four collaboration proposals.

For orientation purposes the 'agenda-for-july-18-meeting-of-the-21st-century-skills-collaboration' PDF is included as a separate attachment and offers a sample of the type of material included in this collection.

Please visit the resource record for a full description for what is included in each file.

From The Destination: Problem-Based Learning Project:

Video: What Skills do I need to get Hired?

This video, provided by The Destination: Problem-Based Learning Project at Truckee Community College, describes the various skills needed by students who are interested in computer engineering careers. Through a series of questions, including: What do you look for in a new hire? What does it take to get promoted? How has the workplace changed? What should I learn in college? hiring managers from a variety of technical firms detail the skills and attributes that they look for when hiring a new employee. The hiring managers interviewed in this video include Nina Paolo, Manager at IBM; Jack Walshe, Program Manager at Apple; Christopher Balz, Senior Software Engineer; and John Thomas, Engineering Manager at Google. The video is nine minutes and 45 seconds in length.

Community Connection

New from Pew: The Future of Well-Being in a Tech Saturated World

This recently-published Pew Research Center Report discusses some of the attitudes of Americans in the continuously evolving world of technology and how technology impacts our lives. In particular, the report focuses on benefits, harms, and possible remedies to digital life through respondent interviews and a "canvassing of experts." In the report, we learn that among those surveyed, 47% of respondents predict that individuals' well-being will be more helped than harmed by digital life in the next decade and 32% say people's well-being will be more harmed than helped. The remaining 21% predict there will not be much change in people's well-being compared to now.

Themes expressed from respondents range from optimism toward global connectivity to dangers of digital addiction, to ideas on how to redesign media literacy. One respondent, Daniel Weitzner (principal research scientist and founding director of MIT's Internet Policy Research Initiative), said of digital connectivity: "Human beings want and need connection, and the internet is the ultimate connection machine. Whether on questions of politics, community affairs, science, education, romance or economic life, the internet does connect people with meaningful and rewarding information and relationships... I have to feel confident that we can continue to gain fulfillment from these human connections." Others expressed a more cautious outlook on how technology can, in a sense, take over our lives. David S.H. Rosenthal, retired chief scientist of the LOCKSS Program at Stanford University, said, "The digital economy is based upon competition to consume humans' attention. This competition has existed for a long time, but the current generation of tools for consuming attention is far more effective than previous generations."

Many respondents reported ideas for mitigating the diverse set of issues that go along with living a digital life, such as appropriate technology education and reevaluating our expectations. Alex Halavais, director of the M.A. in social technologies program at Arizona State University, said, "The primary change needs to come in education. From a very early age, people need to understand how to interact with networked, digital technologies. They need to learn how to use social media, and learn how not to be used by it."

ATE projects and centers may find this report extremely useful since classes are increasingly offered online or in a hybrid "flipped" format.

The full The Future of Well-Being in a Tech-Saturated World is available on the Pew Research Center's website. In the report, readers also have the opportunity to read the detailed section entitled, "About this canvassing of experts," to see who was canvassed and what questions they were asked.

ATE Success Tips: Websites

Has your project or center ever evaluated the page speed load time for your website? When it comes to user experience, one of the most frustrating experiences for users is waiting for a page to load for too long. Slow page load is an interrupting experience for the user and it can be extremely frustrating.

How would you evaluate how fast your website's page speed is? Google's PageSpeed tools are a useful resource for analysis and Google will also offer you some suggestions for improving load time in mobile and desktop format.

Did You Know?

Nearly 60 percent of adult workers have some postsecondary credential. Among credentialed workers with no degree, 43 percent have a postsecondary certificate.

Select STEM Education Resources

A few online STEM resources from outside of ATE, that you may find of interest:

Purdue Owl: Writing for the Engineering Classroom

The Purdue OWL recently created this helpful resource for incorporating writing instruction into engineering classrooms, which may be useful for engineering instructors and teaching assistants. Created with support from the National Science Foundation's Research Initiation Grant in Engineering Education (RIGEE), these resources are designed with two purposes. The first is to support students in developing their writing skills; the second, to help students understand engineering concepts through writing exercises. With these dual aims in mind, this collection highlights six kinds of writing prompts that instructors might use with engineering students. These consist of conceptual writing prompts aimed at asking students to explain engineering concepts, such as fluid mechanics, in writing.

Extreme Science

Have you ever wondered how tides are created, where the greatest earthquake happened, or how time is measured? All of these and many more questions are answered at this fantastic website created by scientist Elizabeth Keller. Users can find an abundance of materials on time, weather, space phenomena, and earth science. Within the Gallery of Scientists, users can learn about the work of admirable researchers. Packed with fun statistics and amazing images, this website will help educators get students excited about learning.

Graphic Medicine

Graphic medicine is an increasingly popular term used to describe comics that discuss topics such as health, illness, and healthcare. For those interested in learning more about graphic medicine, is a great place to start. Launched in 2007, this website is run by Dr. Ian Williams (a physician and comics artist), M.K. Czerwiec, RN, MA (who writes comics as "Comics Nurse" and authored Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Unit 371) and Matthew Noe (who launched the blog This Week in Graphic Medicine in 2016). Readers unfamiliar with graphic novels may want to start by checking out Williams's essays "A Short History of 'Art' Comics," available in the About section. From here, visitors can explore previous blog posts by categories, tags, and check out reviews and recommendations in the Comics Reviews section. In addition, Graphic Medicine features a monthly podcast, which often includes interviews with comic artists and medical professionals. In 2016, physician and comic artist Monica Lalanda launched the Spanish-language sister site Medicina Grafica - visitors will find this website in the Links section.

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Plan, Organize, and Submit: A Look at the ATE Archiving Process

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See what happens with your submissions behind the scenes, as ATE Central staff process your materials, add metadata, and make your resources discoverable to the ATE community and beyond. You will also learn how to find curriculum and other content that ATE grantees have created and shared for you to adapt and use for your own purposes.

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