Because faculty now have access to instructional videos (See December Post) for approximately one third of the content that was formerly delivered by lecture in Engineering Analysis I, faculty have more exciting options for how to use that time! This semester, Dr. Jeff Hieb is using that time to have his students meet in the newly renovated classroom, JS LL16, where he is working to implement collaborative learning. Students work together on some homework problems and the number of problems they have to submit individually is reduced. The department is carefully studying this pilot group, and if this proves beneficial, we hope that eventually more EF classes will include collaborative learning.
It is already week ten of fall semester and our freshmen are busy indeed. In their Introduction to Engineering Course ( ENGR 100), they have heard presentations from all seven degree-granting departments and now have a better idea of what engineers in each discipline do. They also learned about the ethical issues engineers face as they reviewed the engineering code of ethics and worked in groups to examine an ethical dilemma.
After months of study and research, the Engineering Fundamentals Department decided to redesign ENGR 190, the Introductory Calculus course taken by some of Speed’s first year students. Dr. Jeff Hieb agreed to lead this effort and is now directing a mathematics emporium for these students. This course provides intensive review of algebra, trigonometry, and introductory calculus concepts necessary for success in ENGR 101, Engineering Analysis I. The emporium design structures students’ learning opportunities, but allows them flexibility to attend the mathematics laboratory at times convenient to their schedule. All assignments and assessments are done on the computer using MyMathLab, courseware specifically designed to facilitate student learning.
The Engineering Fundamentals Department (EF) enthusiastically welcomed 515 new freshmen and nearly 100 transfer students in their Introduction to Engineering classes last week! Students learned about their tablets and software needed for their courses, filled out their Flight Plan with assistance from their advisors, and heard from TAs and faculty how to become successful engineering students.
EF also welcomes as their newest term instructor, Dr. Tim Broering, a recent graduate of UofL’s Mechanical Engineering Department. Dr. Broering’s research was in the area of computational fluid dynamics, where he studies flapping wing configurations. Research applications include the development of micro air vehicles with potential use in military aerial reconnaissance or search and rescue. Dr. Broering is teaching Introduction to Engineering and Differential Equations courses this fall.
EF’s instructor for Engineering Graphics, Gary Eisenmenger, is doing something completely different this fall in his classes. Based on the department’s year-long analysis and evaluation of effective teaching models, he is replacing most of his standard lectures with interactive content. Students now come to class with earphones, listen to videos Mr. Eisenmenger created for each class, and ask questions if they need help with assignments. Mr. Eisenmenger is now a dynamic facilitator, rather than a lecturer.