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Method of continuous improvement of multidisciplinary programs and outreach activities
Author(s): Marcelo S. Nogueira; Jacqueline E. Gunther; Katarzyna Komolibus; Sinéad M. Ryan; Brian Murray; Moises A. Jezzini; Declan Kennedy; Stefan Andersson-Engels

Paper Abstract

The growth of the global photonics market and technology investment creates a need for skilled professionals with multidisciplinary knowledge. The development of a successful multidisciplinary training for these professionals requires special attention to the implemented educational approaches. Current methods of multidisciplinary teaching and learning include tutoring by a team of experts of different backgrounds and development of projects among multidisciplinary teams of students. In these cases, a detailed feedback is needed from students and teachers in order to improve the course and keep a consistent alignment among the learning outcomes, teaching strategy, and evaluation methods. In this study, we describe the implementation of a method based on continuous improvement of multidisciplinary outreach activities and undergraduate programs. We illustrate the results of this implementation by showing samples of the feedback we received from students and teachers. The overall quality of the teaching and the content of the subject matter was perceived as good by students. Teachers’ evaluation showed students’ knowledge and behavior was satisfactory and the learning outcomes were achieved. Based on this, we believe our educational approach could improve the development and implementation of multidisciplinary activities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 July 2019
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 11143, Fifteenth Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2019, 111432C (2 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2523352
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Marcelo S. Nogueira, Tyndall National Institute (Ireland)
Univ. College Cork (Ireland)
Jacqueline E. Gunther, Tyndall National Institute (Ireland)
Katarzyna Komolibus, Tyndall National Institute (Ireland)
Sinéad M. Ryan, Tyndall National Institute (Ireland)
Brian Murray, Tyndall National Institute (Ireland)
Univ. College Cork (Ireland)
Moises A. Jezzini, Tyndall National Institute (Ireland)
Univ. College Cork (Ireland)
Declan Kennedy, Univ. College Cork (Ireland)
Stefan Andersson-Engels, Tyndall National Institute (Ireland)
Univ. College Cork (Ireland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11143:
Fifteenth Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2019
Anne-Sophie Poulin-Girard; Joseph A. Shaw, Editor(s)

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