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Teaching Undergraduate Manufacturing in a Flipped Classroom

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Experiences in Manufacturing Engineering Education

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Dawn Wendell Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Dr. Dawn Wendell is an engineer whose past projects range from BattleBots robots to medical devices, for which she holds several patents. She received four degrees from MIT including a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. She worked as a fluid mechanics researcher in Paris, France before returning to MIT as Assistant Director of Admissions. Currently Dr. Wendell works as a Senior Lecturer in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering teaching design, manufacturing, and instrumentation.

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We present a case study of a flipped classroom for an intermediate undergraduate manufacturing class at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Students prepare for lecture by watching pre-recorded videos and then participate in Challenges in pairs during class time. This paper includes the technology used for the flipped classroom and the design of the Challenges is detailed for use by other interested Universities. As a result of the flipped classroom, the instructors noted increased numbers of questions during class time as well as more detailed questions. According to end-of-semester surveys, students preferred the flipped-classroom format (average response: 6.4 out of 7 on a Likert Scale). The students noted their preference for more advanced content in class while the instructors were available for assistance.

Wendell, D. (2018, June), Teaching Undergraduate Manufacturing in a Flipped Classroom Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31065

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