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Improving Student Engagement: An Approach Used in Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Laboratory Innovations

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Mechanical Engineering

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25.750.1 - 25.750.15



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Claire Yu Yan University of British Columbia

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Claire Yan is an instructor in the School of Engineering at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia. She received her B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. degrees in mechanical engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, and Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Strathclyde, U.K. She is a registered Professional Engineer.

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Carolyn Labun University of British Columbia

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Improving Student Engagement - An Approach Used in Kinematics and Dynamics of MachineryAbstractA common question that instructors frequently ask themselves is “How can Iteach so that students can learn, and can learn in an active manner?”In this paper, I present my efforts in addressing this issue while teaching thecourse Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery. Kinematics and Dynamics ofMachinery is a core course in mechanical engineering curriculum. One of thechallenges in this course is to make students fully appreciate mechanism designand integrate principles of kinematics and dynamics in real world design practice.Early in the term, students are encouraged to discover real life examples ofmechanisms with an aim to promote curiosity and forester interest in learning thesubject. Throughout the term, a design project is introduced which requiresstudents not only to apply fundamentals of kinematics and dynamics, but also toexercise skills in teamwork and collaborative learning. A student survey isconducted at the end of the course and the efficacy of the approach is assessedand discussed.

Yan, C. Y., & Labun, C. (2012, June), Improving Student Engagement: An Approach Used in Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21507

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