14 09, 2021

A Recipe for Laboratory Success

By |2023-11-16T11:39:53-05:00September 14th, 2021|Laboratories|

The teaching laboratory plays an important role in engineering education, helping the development of cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills. Having spent over twenty years engaging with the laboratory as both a student and staff, it has become increasingly clear how critical a role pedagogy plays in achieving learning and satisfaction [...]

7 07, 2021

How to launch a newly-funded gender equity project during COVID-19: Wayne State University’s NSF GEARS project

By |2021-07-19T17:08:32-04:00July 7th, 2021|Diversity, Equity & Inclusion|

Little did we know that we would  start a university-wide project in the middle of a pandemic when we submitted our proposal to the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) in January 2020. In August 2020, just before the start of the fall semester, with classes online for almost all faculty, [...]

28 06, 2021

Reframing Engineering Education

By |2021-06-28T15:17:26-04:00June 28th, 2021|Career Development|

It is often said that engineers learn theories at university and develop practical knowledge by experience. New knowledge emerging from research on engineering practice shows we could provide more effective education for our future engineers. We could make the transition to work much easier, improve productivity world-wide and accelerate our [...]

25 06, 2021

Student Preparation: A critical element of Classroom Flip

By |2021-06-25T23:14:56-04:00June 25th, 2021|Flipped Classroom Learning|

Figure 1: Comparison of the traditional versus flipped classroom In our roles as faculty developers in the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education at Penn State, we often consult with faculty on their teaching practices. Classroom flip has been one instructional approach that is very appealing [...]

5 05, 2021

Case Study – Teams and Engineering Courses: Supporting Their Success

By |2021-05-14T11:15:34-04:00May 5th, 2021|Remote Instruction|

It’s no secret that teams are an integral part of undergraduate engineering courses. In my last two decades of teaching engineering and technical communication courses, I’ve been asked to help in many engineering courses where student groups were struggling. I’m going to be plainspoken: engineering students struggle (and hate) working [...]

30 04, 2021

Unfolding the Educational Digital Divide

By |2021-04-30T21:44:40-04:00April 30th, 2021|Remote Instruction|

Abstract: The digital divide was once understood as a generational divide created by the challenges of integration of digital technology into daily life. As computers are becoming the basis for many educational practices, it unfolds itself as a possible educational problem, as students without access to hardware and an internet [...]

29 04, 2021

Balancing Educational Methodologies and Technologies

By |2021-05-04T22:09:20-04:00April 29th, 2021|Cooperative & Collaborative Learning, Educational Research|

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are bringing new ways to interact and manipulate information that were previously unseen. They are also easily re-configurable, meaning that once the infrastructure is available (the computer laboratory, the internet connection, the educational laptop, etc.) it is considerably cheaper to test new software and to [...]

27 04, 2021

Scalable Online Formative Assessment: Improving Communication Skills with Self- and Peer Assessment

By |2021-05-05T10:21:52-04:00April 27th, 2021|Assessment Techniques|

The rapid adjustment required by long standing higher education institutions, grounded in well-established face to face learning practices to online learning in 2020, has created a demand for alternative and innovative assessment approaches. This article will outline an assessment framework that is highly effective and adaptable, suitable for online learning, [...]

27 04, 2021

‘Virtual’ first-hand knowledge: Bridging the gap between theory and practice with XR

By |2021-05-04T22:10:28-04:00April 27th, 2021|Learning Technologies|

Extended Reality (XR) has become an umbrella term covering all forms of immersive reality that combine the virtual and real worlds – Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR). XR offers a unique sense of presence where the real and the simulated combine [1]. It makes sense [...]