June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
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Enhanced Teaching Techniques Applied to an Upper Division Composite Materials Engineering Course with an Emphasis on Aerospace ApplicationsAbstract:While developing content for an Advanced Composite materials course for MechanicalEngineers it was decided to incorporate several enhanced teaching techniques that an NSF teamhad fine-tuned over several years. The 3 credit course in Advanced Composite materials consistsof two lectures and a lab where hands on selection and application of composite materialsfocuses on students designing and building projects in a composite materials lab environment. as‘Just in time feedback’ mechanisms are used that provide rapid formative feedback andreinforcement of a positive learning experience to enhance the learning process such as: 1)‘muddiest points’ and ‘most interesting points’ identification and next lecture clarification, 2)three to five minute PPT and video segments used in class to fortify concepts that have proved tobe confusing or complex in the past or in current lectures, 3) online postings of short segment‘Camtasia’ modified PPT explanations for students to refer to as rapid reference sources onparticular subjects and 4) ‘Youtube’ video clips to provide alternative descriptions of lectureitems covered. This work looks at examples of these techniques and their effectiveness in acourse that is geared toward training engineers quickly to become familiar with extensiveadvanced composite material nomenclature, concepts, processes and applications. Assessmentsare illustrated with student work on projects, exams and peer reviewed presentations and studentsurveys.
Stuart, W. J. (2015, June), Enhanced Teaching Techniques Applied to an Upper-division Composite Materials Engineering Course with an Emphasis on Aerospace Applications Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23992
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