Introduction to Engineering Education Workshop

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

This workshop introduces participants to effective teaching practices and pedagogical concepts in engineering education. It is intended for faculty and graduate students who are interested in evidence-based teaching practices in engineering.

The objectives of this workshop are to help participants:

  • Develop a scholarly approach to teaching in engineering that includes use of literature, collection of data from students, and evaluation of the implications for on course quality. This reflective practice allows the instructor to assess the degree to which a course meets its intended goals.

  • Develop a network of supportive peers.

Participants will apply principles and frameworks to their own course during the workshop activities.

Workshop Outline

Sunday Morning 9:00 – 12:00

Part A:  How Learning Works

  • Learning theories - mentoring and facilitating vs. delivering

  • The Cognitive and Affective domains and learner outcomes

  • Kolb’s Cycle of Learning – Design of learning activities to develop mastery

  • Pedagogical Triangle  (student/content/instructor)

  • Identifying your instructional persona, building trust, managing expectations

Part B:  Constructive Alignment and Learning Objectives

  • Learning objectives into the context of novice learners

  • Mini presentation on course objectives

  • Learning Objectives

  • Create learning objectives for a learning session activity

Sunday Afternoon 1:30 to 4:00

Part C:  Your Engineering Classroom goes Flipped!
In the flipped classroom, the roles of homework (application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation tasks) and lecture (knowledge and comprehension tasks) are reversed, allowing for higher-order learning in the classroom. The flipped classroom can be an effective teaching strategy in engineering. Participants in the workshop will learn about flipped classroom strategies, teaching best practices, and develop a plan to flip one lecture from a course they teach. The workshop will model the flipped classroom: participants will be asked to complete pre class activities ahead of the workshop.