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Active/Cooperative Learning: A Discipline Specific Resource For Engineering Education

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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7.145.1 - 7.145.16



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Susan Ledlow

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Active/Cooperative Learning: A Discipline-Specific Resource for Engineering Education

Susan Ledlow, Janel White-Taylor, and D. L. Evans

Arizona State University Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence/Center for Research on Education in Science, Math, Engineering and Technology


While general information on the use of active/cooperative learning (A/CL) in higher education is increasing, discipline-specific resources, especially materials for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, are still relatively rare. A frequent comment from engineering faculty who don’t use active/cooperative learning is that they don’t understand how this form of pedagogy and classroom management strategies can apply to their subject or to their classroom. Too often these strategies are brushed off with comments about them only applying to the “softer” subjects taught on the “other side of campus” – but certainly not to the rigorous and complex technical subjects of engineering.

Reported in this paper is information on Active/Cooperative Learning: Best Practices in Engineering Education, an online repository of engineering-specific ideas, testimonials, and teaching strategies to stimulate and aid faculty in trying and adopting a different look, feel and performance for the classroom. While the project does contain some general information on A/CL, the bulk of the content is specific to engineering education, and was derived from interviews with engineering faculty on multiple campuses. Materials are organized so that they will serve as a useful guide to faculty who have never used cooperative learning, but will also provide sufficient depth that more experienced faculty and faculty developers may benefit from them as well. The CD contains essentially the same content as the website, but will be provided to those whose Internet connections will not easily access large video or audio files.

Active/Cooperative Learning was developed by the Foundation Coalitiona through the Center for Research on Education in Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology (CRESMET) and The Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence (CLTE) at Arizona State University. The project was funded by the National Science Foundation b and highlights the success of Foundation Coalition engineering education reform activities on multiple campuses. The participating faculty represent the disciplines of Chemical and Materials, Environmental and Geodetic Science, Computer Science, Bioengineering, Mechanical, Industrial, Civil, and Electrical Engineering, and come from the campuses of Arizona State University, Ohio State University,

a Foundation Coalition members are: Arizona State University; Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; Texas A&M University; University of Alabama; University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth; University of Wisconsin, Madison b Work partially supported by NSF Grant EEC 9802942 to the Foundation Coalition

“Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2002, American Society for Engineering Education”

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Ledlow, S. (2002, June), Active/Cooperative Learning: A Discipline Specific Resource For Engineering Education Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10521

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