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First Steps with Tooling U as a Support to the Mechanical Engineering Technology Flipped Classroom

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Manufacturing Curriculum and Course Innovations

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Julia L. Morse Kansas State University, Polytechnic Campus

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Julia Morse is Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for Mechanical Engineering Technology at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus. A Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE) and a Certified Enterprise Integrator (CEI), she teaches lecture and laboratory courses in the areas of computer-aided design, manufacturing and materials, and automation systems. Prof. Morse earned a B.S in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and an M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Auburn University, where she also worked with Auburn Industrial Extension Service. Her work in industry includes engineering experience in quality control, industrial engineering, and design and development functions for automotive parts manufacturers in North Carolina and Germany.

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Raju S. Dandu Kansas State University, Polytechnic Campus

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Dr. Raju Dandu, professor in mechanical engineering technology at Kansas State University Salina, specializing in sustainable product design, development, manufacturing, energy efficiency, and effective equipment maintenance programs. He provided reliability centered maintenance instruction and hands on training to local food manufacturer. He has four years of plant maintenance experience as a mechanical engineer in thermal and nuclear power industry. He has been in education for last 13 years teaching design, manufacturing, and industrial automation related courses.

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The “flipped classroom” approach provides framework for placing more of the responsibility for foundational learning as part of a student’s “homework” responsibility prior to the class meeting, thus freeing class and lab time for more active learning toward deeper application, critical thinking, and other higher-order learning. One barrier to flipped-classroom approaches has been the amount of time required for an instructor to developing adequate support for student learning outside of class. The Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Kansas State University Polytechnic is in its second year of drawing from online modules from Tooling U-SME, originally developed for technician-level learning of manufacturing technologies, to support foundational learning outside of the engineering technology classroom, as well as to assure student exposure to industry-standard manufacturing content competencies.

Tooling U course modules were mapped across the freshman and sophomore engineering technology curriculum to coincide with the two-year student subscription. Additional SME (formerly Society of Manufacturing Engineers) media library resources, included with the student subscription, fill in additional curriculum needs or depth. First-steps implementation issues include justification of student subscription cost, instructor decisions about student credit for Tooling U assignments, selection and integration of Tooling U content with additional university course activities and curriculum, and instructor or program administration of the online Tooling U course module assignments. Results of three semesters of first-steps use of Tooling U with freshman manufacturing processes and CNC students provides a case study for application possibilities, lessons learned, and future opportunities.

Morse, J. L., & Dandu, R. S. (2017, June), First Steps with Tooling U as a Support to the Mechanical Engineering Technology Flipped Classroom Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28363

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