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FGCU U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering Hosts Teaching Workshops, June 24-July 1

FORT MYERS, FL - The U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) hosts ASCE's ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Teaching Workshop, a 6-day practicum for engineering educators June 24 to June 29 in Holmes Hall beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The workshop focuses on basic skills to improve teaching abilities. The seminars are augmented by a series of demonstration classes - models of high-quality teaching - presented by ExCEEd faculty mentors. During the latter half of the course, participants will apply what they learned by preparing and teaching three actual classes in a small group setting. This collaborative "learn by doing" format ensures that participants will make substantive improvements in their teaching skills by the end of the course.

The American Society for Civil Engineering (ASCE) has successfully presented this workshop for 13 years. Applicants who are accepted to an ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshop will be named "ExCEEd 2012 Teaching Fellows." ASCE is investing $2,075 in each participant as a fellowship, funded by a generous grant from the ASCE Foundation.

ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshop II will be offered June 29 to July 1 in Holmes Hall beginning at 4 p.m. This workshop is a sequel to the previous seminar and exclusively offered to ExCEEd graduates. The series includes a review of the ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Model, a high-cognitive-level demonstration class taught by a master teacher. Participants will have the opportunity to present two practice classes for assessment and advice on how to take their teaching to the next level.

Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University was originally established as the School of Engineering in fall 2005 and became the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering (WCE) in August 2011. WCE is located in Holmes Hall, a building that was specifically designed for student-centered teaching of engineering and computing courses in an active and collaborative learning environment. The College offers undergraduate engineering degree programs in bioengineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, and software engineering as well as an undergraduate degree in computer science for students who were on campus before fall 2011. Visit for more information about the College.

For more information about the workshops and times, contact Dr. Robert J. O'Neill at (239) 590-7591.

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