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Incorporating Adult Learning Methods and Project Based Learning in Laboratory Metrology Courses

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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

Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning through Laboratory Experiences

Tagged Division

Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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23.728.1 - 23.728.22



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Georgia L Harris NIST

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Program Leader in the Laboratory Metrology Group of the NIST Office of Weights and Measures with nearly 30 years experience in education and training of laboratory metrology concepts and practices.

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Incorporating Adult Learning Methods and Project Based Learning in Laboratory Metrology CoursesMeasurement scientists work in calibration laboratories throughout the world. Yet, there are fewuniversity level courses available that cover the critical topics needed for performing and analyzingprecision measurements – at the desired level. Many courses of this nature are taught by NationalMetrology Institutes (NMIs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of precision measuringequipment and measurement standards. What often happens is that subject matter experts andscientists who learn the measurements are asked to teach courses and tutorials, but most do not have abackground in educational models or adult education principles.Over the past 3 years, our office has been providing train the trainer and adult education courses andopportunities to our subject matter experts to help them better analyze, design, develop, implementand evaluate our training content. One particular case study for laboratory metrology is shared in thispaper to describe the learning objectives, activities, and assessment methods used to create effectiveproject based learning scenarios and case studies to help students get from knowledge levels aboutlaboratory metrology to application and analysis levels so that they can effectively apply concepts backin their own laboratories.

Harris, G. L. (2013, June), Incorporating Adult Learning Methods and Project Based Learning in Laboratory Metrology Courses Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19742

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