Online Course

Online Course

ENE 120 – Integrating Engineering and Literacy

A new CEEO online course based on the NSF-funded project – Novel Engineering: An Integrated Approach to Teaching Engineering and Literacy. This is a stand-alone course that is NOT part of the current TEEP certificate program.


Novel Engineering allows students to engage in meaningful, integrated engineering and literacy tasks while meeting standards for both disciplines. Novel Engineering is an approach, not a set curriculum, so teachers can implement it in a way that makes the most sense for their individual settings. Although Novel Engineering is a simple concept, implementation is complex because teachers need to consider a multitude of logistical, pedagogical, and discipline-related issues. Teachers play a pivotal role in Novel Engineering units by providing a supportive, responsive environment where K-8 students can build on their ideas as they work on complex problems. We believe that teaching engineering involves listening to, understanding, and responding to student thinking. By implementing Novel Engineering in the classroom, K-8 students are given the space to explore their ideas through the design projects they work on in the classroom.

Course Logistics

The Novel Engineering course is a semester-long (14 week), online course that is asynchronous which means participants can complete work at their own pace, on their own schedule – which is a perfect fit for teachers. Each week assignments will be posted and students will complete the work and upload their work onto the website. Class topics will be a mix of discussions around theory and pedagogy. By the end of the semester, students will have developed and implemented a Novel Engineering unit based on a book of their choice that supports engineering and ELA goals, and helps foster student-centered design and responsive teaching within an integrated activity.

The class will consist of three main strands:

Cost: $1,000

Credits: 4 credits (~8 hours of work per week of the course). Course may also be taken for PDPs.

Time: September to early December, 2019

Instructor: Elissa Milto

Integrating Engineering and Literacy course will start Fall 2019. Registration for single courses opens June 1, 2018. You can register for the course here.