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Effective Manufacturing Laboratory Arrangement for Large Classes

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Innovations in Manufacturing Laboratories

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26.580.1 - 26.580.12



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Wayne P. Hung Texas A&M University

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Adam Farmer

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Effective Manufacturing Laboratory Arrangement for Large ClassesAbstractManufacturing requires collective knowledge of material, metrology, and processes. Hands-onlaboratory and lecture helps students to learn, appreciate, and be motivated for further study.Learning effectiveness in a large class, however, is reduced due to limited interaction, delayingfeedback until after an exam, and tediousness of many repeating laboratory sessions.We are implementing steps to teach manufacturing laboratory to a large class of 250 studentseach semester. Complementary online instructional videos and class lectures, Clickerassessment, regular grade feedback, and cellular manufacturing laboratory exercises are utilized.Laboratory exercises are grouped into cellulars to save resources and space, and bestsynchronized with relevant lecture to facilitate students’ understanding. For each laboratoryexercise, the overall lab objectives are covered in class, but details of tooling and machineoperation are shown with online professional videos so students can view and learn at their ownpace before going to their laboratory. A clicker quiz is conducted at the beginning of a labsession to gage students’ understanding while encouraging them to be on time. Online labinstruction approach allows more hands-on time for students in the lab while reducingcommunication issues from lab instructors who English is not their native language. Passwordprotected eCampus allows student access to handouts, announcement, and cumulative grades sothey can monitor their progress and know their ranking in class.Despite teething problems when implementing these steps, very positive student feedback, lesstedious work for laboratory assistants, punctual laboratory schedule, and better exam outcomesprove the success of this approach.

Hung, W. P., & Farmer, A. (2015, June), Effective Manufacturing Laboratory Arrangement for Large Classes Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23918

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