Effective Methods for Engaging Students in Engineering

By on January 25, 2017

Effective Methods for Engaging Student Learners in the Engineering Classroom – face-to-face and online

Leader: Arpita Bhatt, Ph.D. (arpita.bhatt@uta.edu)

Description: The learning community will gather and discuss effective methods for engaging student learners in the Engineering classroom – both face-to-face and online to foster student’s knowledge.

Times and Locations: We will be meeting from 12:30 to 1:30 pm on Fridays as listed below in room 414 in Nedderman Hall.

Feb 3rd – session 1

Feb 17th – session 2

Mar 3rd – session 3

Mar 17th – session 4

Mar 31st – session 5

April 14th – session 6

SESSION 1 – Intro to CIRTL / Ask participants about the issues or difficult that they have faced in the classroom or in online – that could be the topic 1

Outcomes:

  • Describe and recognize the value of learning communities, and how they impact on student learning.
  • Describe several techniques and issues of establishing LCs comprising a diverse group of learners.
  • Describe the scope of diversity in learning environment, of both students and instructor

 

SESSION 2 – What is a learning community? Pros and Cons.

Outcomes:

  • Describe and recognize the value of learning communities, and how they impact on student learning.
  • Describe several techniques and issues of establishing LCs comprising a diverse group of learners.
  • Recognize the value of and participate in local professionally-focused learning communities associated with teaching and learning.

SESSION 3 – How to create engagement in distance learning students and in-class students

Outcomes:

  • Describe and recognize the value of learning communities, and how they impact on student learning.
  • Describe several known high-impact, evidence-based effective instructional practices and materials and recognize their alignment with particular types of learning goals.

SESSION 4 – Group projects vs. individual project (pros and cons)

Outcomes:

  • Describe several assessment techniques and recognize their alignment with particular types of learning goals.

SESSION 5 – Debate — educational tools (e-tools, internet, user-center games, gaming software etc.)

Outcomes:

  • Describe several known high-impact, evidence-based effective instructional practices and materials and recognize their alignment with particular types of learning goals.

SESSION 6 – Topic decided by students (option – Teaching-as-research)