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Improvement In Learning Experiences By Adopting Student Centered Teaching Practices

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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New Engineering Educators Division Technical Session 1

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New Engineering Educators

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26.914.1 - 26.914.13



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Vishwas Narayan Bedekar Middle Tennessee State University

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Dr. Vishwas Bedekar received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Mumbai, Bombay, India in 2002 and his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Texas Arlington in August 2006. He was recipient of EMNSPC graduate scholarship for the year 2005 – 2006 and Deans Doctoral Fellowship 2006 – 2009. Dr. Bedekar was a Visiting Scholar Student at Virginia Polytechnic and State University from October 2008 – December 2009. After completing his degree Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Texas Arlington he worked at Virginia Polytechnic and State University as a Post – doctoral fellow (Jan 2010 – Dec 2010) and as a Research Assistant Professor at University of Arkansas (Jan 2011 – Jun 2013). Dr. Bedekar is currently working as an Assistant Professor in Department of Engineering Technology at the Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). His research is related to Energy Harvesting, Magnetoelectric Materials, Structural Health Monitoring and synthesis and characterization of novel nanomaterials. Dr. Bedekar is an editorial board member of Journal of Materials Science Research and a reviewer on 10 internationally circulated journals related to materials science and mechanical engineering. He has also served on several NSF panels as a reviewer. He is currently teaching fundamental courses in materials science and mechatronics engineering at MTSU.

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Ahad S. Nasab Middle Tennessee State University

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Dr. Ahad Nasab received his PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1987. He then worked as a research scientist at the Center for Laser Applications of Physics Research Group of University of Tennessee Space Institute. In 1991 he joined the faculty of Middle Tennessee State University where he is currently the coordinator of the Mechatronics Engineering degree program.

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Walter W. Boles Middle Tennessee State University

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Professor and Chair
Department of Engineering Technology
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN

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Making a connection with students: Day one is importantAbstract:The objective of this paper is to emphasize the need to establish a strong first impression in theclassroom for students’ successful learning experience and their retention in the curriculum.Teaching is an art that every instructor should master in order to help students learn efficiently andapply that knowledge in real world applications. Undergraduate students are very enthusiastic andeager to learn new concepts in a well-structured learning environment. In this paper, the authorsinvestigate a freshman course of ET 1210: Introduction to Metals and Metallurgy as a baselinemodel in order to identify the need for making the connection with students on day one andproviding guidelines to New Engineering Educators to successfully implement teaching practicesthat include use of modern technology, course redesign, grade distributions, and pedagogicaltechniques. The authors also report student evaluations and performance data and correlate themto the improved teaching practices adopted by a new faculty member, who was mentored by asenior faculty member and the department chair. The feedback and suggestions received from thementors are also presented in this paper. The outcomes of this study over a period of threesemesters emphasize on: (1) connecting early with students, (2) using adequate modern technologyto assist classroom teaching, (3) giving timely feedback to students, and (4) identifying clearexpectations. In addition to the aforementioned measures, the new faculty member made extraefforts by meeting with students struggling in the course and assisted them with one-on-onetutoring. Authors believe that the findings of this study will help New Engineering Educatorsidentify the Do’s and Don’ts of best teaching practices.Keywords: new engineering educators, best teaching practices, feedback, course redesign

Bedekar, V. N., & Nasab, A. S., & Boles, W. W. (2015, June), Improvement In Learning Experiences By Adopting Student Centered Teaching Practices Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24251

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