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Hybrid Course Design in Manufacturing Courses to Improve Learning in the Classroom

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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June 29, 2016





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Solid and Structural Mechanics in Aerospace Engineering

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Gozdem Kilaz Purdue University - West Lafayette

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Gozdem Kilaz is an Assistant Professor of Aviation Technology Department at Purdue University. Dr. Kilaz holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering. She serves as the Chief Scientist for the Air Transport Institute for Environmental Sustainability (AirTIES). Her research is focused on aviation biofuels and sustainability. Her courtesy appointment with the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering (LORRE) research center provides collaboration between Colleges of Technology and Engineering. Dr. Kilaz is one of the 15 faculty fellows appointed by the Dean of Technology for incubating a transformative engineering technology education at Purdue University. She is currently teaching three courses: "Aviation Fuels and Emissions", "Statics for Aero Structures", and "Research Methods in Aviation"

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Ronald Sterkenburg Purdue University - West Lafayette

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Prof Ronald Sterkenburg is a Professor at Purdue University and his teaching and research areas are composite materials manufacturing.

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Students at Purdue University Aviation Technology program follow a typical university curriculum of taking courses that consists of lecture and laboratory sessions that are delivered on campus. This model has worked for many years but feedback from industry representatives has shown that students do not meet the high standards of the aerospace and manufacturing industry. Faculty members at Purdue University have started a new hybrid class structure for selected materials courses that consists of traditional lectures and laboratory sessions that are enriched with online design and manufacturing course assignments. In the first restructured course: AT205 Statics for Aero structures, students will learn traditional statics topics in a lecture setting but they will also use advanced simulation software to solve statics and strength of materials problems in a laboratory environment. The second course: AT272 Introduction of composite technology, students will complete a complete online workbook consisting of advanced Computer Aided Design (CAD) tutorials that they will complete during the semester. In the third course: AT472 Advanced composite technology, they will learn Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) programming online. Open laboratory sessions are scheduled every week where students can interact with a graduate student if they have problems with the online learning modules. Blackboard learn is used to track students’ progress and students can interact with the Professor on blackboard. The main advantages of this new hybrid model are that more material can be covered in a course, the integration of design and manufacturing modules, and students are exposed to real world engineering problems that will enrich their learning experience. The authors will present best practices and lessons learned of this new course design.

Kilaz, G., & Sterkenburg, R. (2016, June), Hybrid Course Design in Manufacturing Courses to Improve Learning in the Classroom Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25505

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