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Lessons Learned in Flipping an Introductory Plastics Engineering Technology Course

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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ETD Learning Approaches

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Engineering Technology

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Rex C. Kanu Purdue Polytechnic Institute

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REX KANU is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University Polytechnic Institute in Richmond, Indiana. He has a B.S. and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering, an S.M. in Management Science, and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science.

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In a transformative educational endeavor taking in a department of mechanical engineering technology at a 4-year degree awarding institution, it was decided that 75% of the course be delivered with “active-learning instruction” by fall 2017 in order to better prepare its graduates to succeed in the “new” evolving industrial revolution. A strategy adopted by the author in contributing towards this goal is by flipping a plastics engineering technology course that was taught with the traditional classroom approach consisting in-class lectures and out-of-class homework assignments. This study reports the process of flipping the course and its subsequent comparative results using the traditional classroom approach of teaching the course as a baseline. Also, the author shares some of the lessons learned in this preliminary endeavor.

Kanu, R. C. (2017, June), Lessons Learned in Flipping an Introductory Plastics Engineering Technology Course Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28621

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