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EXTROVERT: HELPING AES DEVELOP ADVANCED CONCEPTSThe EXTROVERT project builds resources to enable engineers to solve problems cuttingacross disciplines. The approach is to enable learners to gain confidence with the processof solving problems, starting with their own preferred learning styles as far as possible.Ideas being implemented include a design-centered portal to aerospace engineering,vertical streams of technical content, learning assignments using case studies, a library ofsolved problems accessible from course content, and integrative concept modules. Theproject experiments with assessment strategies to measure learning in time to improve it.An introductory paper presented last year laid out the issues and built the concepts fordealing with them, summarizing the first year’s progress.In this paper, we present second year experience, with actual classroom and project use ofthe resources developed so far. The McMahon Library of solved problems has been usedin undergaduate courses at the sophomore and junior/senior levels in Fall 2010, and willbe used in graduate classes in Spring 2011, with the experience reported in the paper.Advanced concept development experience on several projects is included in the newexperience base. Thus both depth and breadth issues are being addressed.In high speed aerodynamics, the availability of such resources made it possible to givestudents the ability to review prior course material, and refresh problem-solvingexperience. This had the surprising effect of allowing the instructor to expose areas wherestudents needed better comprehension. It also denied many students the comfort zone ofnot going outside the immediate course material of the present course. As the Fallsemester progressed, students started coming “alive”, showing a remarkable level ofenthusiasm and attention for required core courses. AcknowledgementsThe work reported in this paper was made possible by resources being developed for the“EXTROVERT” cross-disciplinary learning project under NASA Grant NNX09AF67GS01. Mr. Anthony Springer is the Technical Monitor.
Komerath, N. M., & Smith, M., & German, B., & Krausche, D. S., & Armanios, E. A. (2011, June), Extrovert: Helping AES Develop Advanced Concepts Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17976
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