MATEC curriculum development
and instructional design was founded on the standards of quality education
and training, principles of educational psychology, and established methods
of job-skills training. Competency-based instruction was chosen as the
most appropriate instructional platform because it is effective for both
education and job training, and it enables students to use core science/math
knowledge to develop high-technology skills.
MATECs primary educational products are instructional modules that
are tailored to the goals of the NSF Advanced Technology Education program.
MATEC modules blend key elements of core curriculum (e.g., physics, math,
and chemistry) from secondary and post secondary programs with specific
knowledge/skills that technicians need in the high-tech industries. This
integrated curriculum enables students to further refine their general
knowledge while acquiring industry-relevant abilities that prepare them
for a desirable career.
MATECs primary goal was to help educate and train the workforce
for semiconductor manufacturing as described in its Year
1 Report (5.1 Mb PDF Document). In achieving that goal,
MATEC has helped start new educational programs, facilitated the improvement
of existing programs, and assisted industry in identifying skill
standards (224 kb PDF sample PDF only - entire document for
sale at MATEC) that represent important technical abilities sought
by leading employers. MATEC is now expanding its curriculum, instructional
materials and methods, and services to its college and industry partners
and development is now focusing on some new goals while continuing to
maintain and update instructional modules. These goals are associated
with the design and development of student materials as well as new performance
support materials for instructors. MATEC is also in the process of designing
new tools and methods for knowledge engineeringthe process of eliciting
knowledge and technical information from subject matter experts to produce
quality instruction and guidance for teaching technical topics.
MATECs curriculum is now being extended to include microcomputer
architecture, automated manufacturing, and other high-tech skill domains.
More on Curriculum
Design and Development
of MATEC Modules
Animation, and Simulation
and Validation of Instruction
Electronic Performance Support System
to work with MATEC
does the MATEC Curriculum relate to the SEMATECH Curriculum?
Skill Standards that form the basis of the curriculum