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Software Support for Materials-related Active Learning

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Materials Division Technical Session 3

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Kaitlin Tyler ANSYS Inc. Orcid 16x16

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Kaitlin is currently an Education Fellow with the Granta Education Division at ANSYS. She received her PhD at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign under Professor Paul Braun. Her research was split: focusing on manipulating eutectic material microstructures for optical applications and examining how engineering outreach programs influence participants' self-perceptions of engineering and self-confidence. Her interests lie in materials education and STEM outreach.

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Claes Fredriksson ANSYS Granta

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Currently working as Senior Materials Education Consultant at ANSYS Granta in Cambridge, UK. Previously Program Director for a Master's Programme in Manufacturing Engineering at University West in Sweden. Experience in teaching subjects like Materials Science & Technology and Environmental Technology to students of mechanical engineering at the department of Engineering Science since 1999.

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Hannah Melia ANSYS Inc.

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The world of education is ever expanding, and with it, our understanding of how people learn. By helping the students connect to their prior knowledge during the formal education in a structured course, the educators can help the students build a more complete comprehension of the topic. Active learning, as a broad term, serves to engage students in the course material in a variety of ways, thereby increasing the probability of connecting with prior knowledge and improving their overall subject understanding. Due to its nature, active learning is necessarily a broad field. There is no one size fits all; different approaches work for different students with different learning styles, subjects, teachers, classrooms, countries and cultural orientations. How can we incorporate active learning methods in teaching materials science and engineering to undergraduates across the globe?

At Ansys Granta, we are interested in understanding how active learning methods are used across the world in materials science courses. For over 25 years, we have been supporting materials education globally through our software GRANTA EduPack. During that time, we have seen how teaching has evolved and the impact active learning techniques have had for materials education. In this paper, we will be sharing how materials teaching with active learning varies around the world and how GRANTA EduPack and its associated resources can support these efforts. We hope this insight gained over many years can aid those looking to adjust their materials courses to include more active learning techniques.

Tyler, K., & Fredriksson, C., & Melia, H. (2020, June), Software Support for Materials-related Active Learning Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35197

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