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Flipped Classroom or Active Learning: Integrating Alternative Teaching Methods into Engineering Technology Curriculum

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Alternative Teaching Methods

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Engineering Technology

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Susan Scachitti Purdue University Northwest

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Susan Scachitti is a Professor of Industrial Engineering Technology at Purdue University Northwest. Professor Scachitti consults and teaches in traditional areas of Industrial Engineering which include Total Quality techniques and organizational change, methods engineering (including Lean methods), facility layout, process improvement, production operations, simulation and ergonomics. Prior to working in education, she spent ten years in various engineering and supervisory roles in the telecommunications industry which focused on high volume electronics manufacturing. Her accomplishments include implementation of Total Quality principles including Lean Manufacturing concepts, Demand Flow Technology, self-directed work teams and various other techniques that improve overall process efficiencies within the organization. Also, she held key roles in successfully attaining ISO9001 certification, establishing benchmarks for a self-directed workforce, conducting economic analysis and cost justifications for new manufacturing technologies as well as utilizing various other industrial engineering concepts to reduce cycle times and increase production efficiencies. Since 2004, Professor Scachitti has focused her efforts towards applying Industrial Engineering concepts to improve Healthcare and other non-traditional service environments using Lean and Six Sigma methods.

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James B. Higley Purdue University Northwest

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JAMES B. HIGLEY, P.E. holds the rank of Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University Northwest. He is responsible for teaching courses in modeling; integrated design, analysis & manufacturing; manufacturing processes; CNC programming; and senior project. He holds Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.

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This paper looks at the characteristics of the flipped classroom and the significance of how this may or may not change the traditional engineering technology approach to teaching. The lessons learned from flipping an engineering technology class in operations management will be presented along with assessment of student learning in the class. Examples of traditional engineering technology courses utilizing active learning techniques that are not supportive of the flipped methodology are also presented. Finally, points for discussion will be explored regarding how to determine when the flipped classroom should be used and when it may not be the best approach in an already established active learning environment.

Scachitti, S., & Higley, J. B. (2018, June), Flipped Classroom or Active Learning: Integrating Alternative Teaching Methods into Engineering Technology Curriculum Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30525

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