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Implementing Active Learning Principles in an Engineering Technology Fluid Mechanics Course

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Implementing Active Learning in Mechanical Engineering Technology

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Engineering Technology

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23.706.1 - 23.706.12



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Michael W Martin Northern Michigan University

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Michael Martin received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University. He then worked for fifteen years in industry; four years at General Motors, nine years at Engineered Machined Products, a Tier I supplier to the heavy diesel industry, and two years at Industrial Maintenance Service, a onsulting/contracting firm. Martin's varied professional background has given him exposure to many facets of communication and working relationships of engineers with technicians, skilled trades, and unskilled trades workers. Martin then made the switch to academia and has been teaching mechanical engineering technology classes at Northern Michigan University for the past four years. He strives to, and gets great satisfaction from, bringing his work experiences into the classroom.

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Implementing Active Learning Principles in an Engineering Technology Fluid Mechanics CourseThis paper describes the implementation and outcomes of applying an active learningmethodology to a senior level engineering technology fluid mechanics course. This applicationis an element of a larger effort at xxxxxxxx to implement active learning through an NSF –TUES project. In this project a dedicated, student centered, high technology, active learningclassroom was developed and used to teach various classes in the STEM disciplines, includingthe fluid mechanics class. Various approaches to implement active learning in this class,including the use of the technology items available in the dedicated classroom, will be explored.The effectiveness of these approaches will be evaluated using instructor observation, studentfeedback, and student test scores.

Martin, M. W. (2013, June), Implementing Active Learning Principles in an Engineering Technology Fluid Mechanics Course Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19720

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