Workforce Development, Soft Skills, Pedagogy, Active Learning, Blackboard LMS, WordPress, PHP, Illustration, Copywriting
CCMIT was created for the Massachusetts Community Colleges and Workforce Development Transformation Agenda (MCCWDTA). It is designed for vocational community college students in advanced manufacturing to prepare them for the work environment. The case studies focus on problem-solving skills and observation skills, both crucial in preventing major mistakes and communicating problems and solutions.
SEI worked with Education Development Center (EDC) to design a case study for problem-solving and for observation skills. The case studies focus on the limitations of our observation skills, how to communicate issues before they become larger problems, and ways to manage distractions in the workplace. Included in the case studies is an element called Idea Logs which ask student questions about the video or text presented on the page. It keeps students engaged and is an easy way to help instructors assess their students' understanding.
As part of the SEI team, I participated in conversations where current instructors in the field discussed what their students need to succeed in the manufacturing workplace. I planned and designed a choose-your-own adventure activity exploring investigative paths in a simulated manufacturing problem. The CCMIT website is linked to a school's Learning Management System (LMS) (via BlackBoard) such that students can use single sign-on to login and save their progress. I did this in PHP. When students finish the case study, they automatically receive a PDF, via online and email, of their submitted Idea Logs to bring to class for discussion.