June 16, 2002
June 16, 2002
June 19, 2002
7.1317.1 - 7.1317.10
Who Wants to be an Engineer? -or- Better Teaching through Game Shows
Robert W. Carpick
Dept. of Engineering Physics, Engineering Mechanics Program University of Wisconsin - Madison
A 50 (or 60 or 70) -minute lecture is inherently incompatible with the typical attention spans of students. The author has developed a teaching technique that successfully re-captures attention in the classroom. The technique, loosely based on a popular prime-time game show, consists of quizzing a student “on the spot” while allowing a “life-line” of polling the audience for help. The game is enjoyable for students and professor alike, but also allows review, clarification, and reinforcement of concepts. The technique is effective while only requiring minimal preparation and lecture time to be implemented.
Consider a typical lecture course in engineering. For fifty to seventy minutes, a group of students will sit in one place listening, taking notes, occasionally asking questions. Some students will be paying attention, others’ attention will be wandering, and some may be sound asleep.
Many engineering instructors have developed and implemented a range of active learning techniques that are integrated into their lectures. In these cases, students are much more actively engaged, through partner or group discussion, writing, and problem solving for example. The positive benefits of active learning approaches have been documented in many studies and books1. Within the context of a typical engineering curriculum, the use of active learning techniques often requires careful balancing against the need to cover a demanding range of course material in a limited amount of time. As well, there are varying levels of experience, comfort, and preparation required of the instructor to effectively implement different active learning techniques on a regular basis.
In this paper the author describes a particular active learning technique that he has found to be quick to prepare, easy and fun to implement, appreciated and enjoyed by the students, and effective at both recapturing student attention and promoting the understanding of concepts
Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2002, American Society for Engineering Education
Carpick, R. (2002, June), Who Wants To Be An Engineer? Or Better Teaching Through Game Shows Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. https://peer.asee.org/11090
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