Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Cartoons, while often associated with a younger audience, can assist some college engineering students in making relatable connections to course concepts and breaking down barriers to understanding. Intermediate engineering courses such as Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics, typically taken sophomore and junior year, contain numerous essential ideas that students must completely understand and build upon as the courses progress and retain for follow-on classes senior year. Cartoons, if sufficiently relevant and memorable, can help a portion of the engineering student population “grasp and retain” concepts. This paper describes experience creating and using original cartoon characters in teaching Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics. Development of the characters, adapting them for each concept throughout the semesters, and examples where they are incorporated in the class notes, learning management system, classroom slides and classroom whiteboard work are described. Some student feedback is presented, and future research to quantify effectiveness is proposed. Lessons learned and advice for other instructors wishing to incorporate cartoons into their lessons is also provided.
Diehl, E. J. (2018, June), Using Cartoons to Enhance Engineering Course Concepts Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31200
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