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Using Humor to Create a Positive Learning Environment

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Conference

2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

New Engineering Educators Division Technical Session 5

Tagged Division

New Engineering Educators

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

17

Page Numbers

26.1667.1 - 26.1667.17

DOI

10.18260/p.25003

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https://peer.asee.org/25003

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270

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Ralph Ocon Purdue University, Calumet

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Abstract

Using Humor to Create a Positive Learning EnvironmentAbstractHow to enhance student learning is a critical issue in academia. Unfortunately, mostuniversity faculty have not had any formal training on how to competently teach in theclassroom. Consequently, many faculty are left on their own to figure out how to maketheir courses interesting and inspire student learning. Often, faculty will engage in trialand error, with some relying on the teaching techniques used by experienced colleaguesor their former instructors.Throughout the author’s academic career, teaching effectiveness has always been an on-going challenge. Consequently, he has experimented with different teaching techniquesand approaches. The author’s experience as a teacher, industry trainer and presenter tovarious community and professional groups helped him to recognize that humor canenhance interest and learning in a given topic. As a result, he has been using humor topromote a positive learning environment in the courses he teaches.In the paper the author will describe how he uses humor to create a positive classroomlearning environment. The paper will identify the benefits derived from using humor as aclassroom teaching technique. Also, the paper will provide ideas for technology andengineering faculty on how they can integrate humor into their courses to develop apositive learning environment.

Ocon, R. (2015, June), Using Humor to Create a Positive Learning Environment Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.25003

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