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Keeping it Real: Using Unconventional Real-World Examples to Explain Concepts

Keith Hohn, PhD Professor, Chemical Engineering - Kansas State University Engineering educators are dedicated to providing their students with rigorous training in engineering fundamentals that will enable them to become capable practitioners. To do this, most engineering professors follow a similar script: first, introduce and derive the fundamental equations describing some physical phenomenon and, second, apply these equations to a specific practical situation. This approach, a deductive approach to teaching, is logical and organized and effective for many engineering students. However, it has the disadvantage of being disconnected from physical examples; abstract theory is descri

A New Year’s Teaching Resolution

Todd Zakrajsek, PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill People make New Year’s Resolutions to address any number of areas in which improvement is desired (e.g., exercise more, spend more time with family, volunteer more, travel more). As a long-time faculty member I can honestly say that it did not occur to me for the longest time that I could also make one or two New Year’s Teaching Resolutions. If this is something you have not done, well, it isn’t too late. Of course, most people make their resolutions on or before January 1, but from an academic sense, as faculty it seems appropriate to make our resolutions just prior to the first day of the Spring semester. I am not goin

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