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Educational Innovations in an Introductory Materials Course

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Novel Teaching Methods In Engineering Technology

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Engineering Technology

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Nancy L. Denton Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Nancy L. Denton, PE, CVA3, is a professor in Purdue University's School of Engineering Technology, where she serves as associate head for MET. She serves on the Vibration Institute’s Board of Directors, chairing the Academic Committee and serving on the Certification Scheme Committee. She is a Fellow of ASEE and a member of ASME.

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Wei Dai Vian Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Wei Vian is a visiting assistant professor in the program of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University Statewide Kokomo campus. She got her Ph.D from Purdue Polytechnic, Purdue University, West Lafayette. She got her bachelor and master degree both from Eastern Michigan University. Her recent research interests include grain refinement of aluminum alloys, metal casting design, and innovation in engineering technology education.

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As the students’ pre-college experiences and approach to learning change, finding effective new ways to deliver their instruction plays an increasingly important role in engineering technology education. The core question of how to best connect innovation in teaching with the creation of value in learning is a challenging one to all educators. The introductory materials course for manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology majors at the campuses of XXXXX University gives an overview of properties, processing, and applications of polymers, composites, and non-traditional materials commonly used in industry. Students develop problem solving skills through practice in the areas of materials selection, evaluation, measurement, and testing. Beginning in 2014, multiple innovations have been applied to this materials course at different campuses to address the needs of learners ranging from traditional full-time residential students coming directly from high school to mature, part-time commuter learners with careers. This paper will present the approaches taken to develop this curriculum from existing learning objectives in two very different settings. Learning successes prior to and resulting from lecture and laboratory innovations will be considered.

Denton, N. L., & Vian, W. D. (2016, June), Educational Innovations in an Introductory Materials Course Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26891

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