San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.880.1 - 25.880.6
Learner Centered Instruction in Mechanical Engineering ProgramA new initiative at our college has brought into focus improved student learning and retention through thepractice of Learner Centered Instruction. This practice includes a wide variety of teaching approacheswhere students are actively involved in the learning process taking place in the classroom, as opposed tothe teacher centric traditional lectures. As Engineering faculty we have long been using such approachesin many of our courses, for example in courses which include experimental laboratories and projects. Theinitiative is nevertheless welcome and has prompted us to focus more consciously on the effect ofteaching on, and the assessment of student learning. This paper will discuss a variety of design projectswe are using throughout the curriculum in the Mechanical Engineering program before the Senior DesignProject, how they fit with the Learner Centered Instruction initiative, as well as how they support theProgram Outcomes and Program Educational Objectives of our ABET accredited program.Projects from courses taught in the last year or during the current school year will be discussed, including:design project to analyze longform sets of data points and communicate results in ‘Computing forEngineers’, design project encouraging students to redesign dry erase markers in ‘ProEngineer’, project todesign, model and analyze mechanical arms in ‘Computer Aided Engineering’, research project toanalyze and present new types of energy in ‘Engineering Topics: an Introduction to Alternative Energyfor Engineers’, design project to design and manufacture a heat exchanger in ‘Thermal Systems Lab’, andproject to set-up and perform an experiment to measure stress using strain gages in ‘Circuit Analysis’.
Spendlove, T., & Sala, A. L., & Riddell, J. (2012, June), Learner Centered Instruction in Mechanical Engineering Program Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21637
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