Co-Curricular Activities and their Role in Supporting Experiential Learning

Medhat H. Shehata
2015 Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA)  
This paper presents a study into engineeringcompetitions as a type of co-curricular activity thatenhances student engagement and skills. The motive ofthe study is to evaluate the benefits of three selectedmajor competitions and compare these benefits to thosepublished in the literature. In addition, student feedbackwas collected and analyzed to understand the majorbenefits of these competitions as seen by students.Ten major benefits were summarized and listed basedon the literature search. The
more » ... hree competitions understudy were analyzed and found to meet the ten listedbenefits although the level of focus on a particular benefitvaried from one competition to another.Student feedback showed that students found thatcompetitions, especially competitions that weremultidisciplinary in nature, enhanced their understandingof their engineering courses. Students also reported thatparticipation in competitions helped them during jobinterviews.
doi:10.24908/pceea.v0i0.5791 fatcat:bgycnxsdcja5bmouartyosrbqq