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Board 98: Lessons Learned from an Integrated Class-Lab Approach to a Mechanics of Materials Course

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Mechanical Engineering Division Poster Session

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Mechanical Engineering

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Michele Miller Campbell University

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Dr. Michele Miller is a Professor and Associate Dean at Campbell University. Prior to joining Campbell in 2017, she was a professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering from Duke and NC State, respectively. Her research interests include engineering education and precision manufacturing.

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Campbell University's School of Engineering is promoting a class-lab approach. In Fall 2018, we offered Mechanics of Materials to the mechanical engineering concentration students for the first time. It is a four-credit class that meets for three 110-minute sessions in a class-lab. The class-lab approach has the benefit of tighter coupling between lecture and laboratory content. A benefit that emerged over the course of the semester is that the longer class time enabled more options for learning activities that develop independent learning skills. However, transitioning from a traditional course framework to the class-lab format did present challenges. For example, making use of large laboratory equipment requires creative scheduling of class time. Also, teaching independent learning skills requires breaking them down into manageable pieces that build on each other. This paper will describe the lessons learned from the first offering of the course.

Miller, M. (2019, June), Board 98: Lessons Learned from an Integrated Class-Lab Approach to a Mechanics of Materials Course Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32473

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