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The Impact of Activity Based Learning, a New Instructional Method, in an Existing Mechanical Engineering Curriculum for Fluid MechanicsAbstractReplacing lecture time with activity based learning positively affects university students inundergraduate fluid mechanics by reinforcing concepts learned during lecture, visually teachingnew concepts and providing an outlet where the students are free to interact more casually withthe instructor and their peers. Results of this are higher student achievement, a more thoroughunderstanding of the material and a more positive attitude towards learning. We will show theimpact of activity based learning through comparison of exam scores of students in control vs.experimental classes and through surveys and observations.Activity based learning is a new instructional method applied to an existing mechanicalengineering curriculum for fluid mechanics. The new instructional method involves students inhands-on activities that are originally designed or modified from existing activities by thegraduate instructor, student presentations, instructor demonstrations and projects. Fluidmechanics is one of the more disliked courses in the engineering curriculum due to the difficultyof the material. The goal of the activities, that address the same objectives of the course, is tohelp the student grasp the concepts and improve the overall learning experience.
Albers, L., & Bottomley, L. (2011, June), The Impact of Activity Based Learning, a New Instructional Method, in an Existing Mechanical Engineering Curriculum for Fluid Mechanics Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18852
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