Action Based Collaborative Approach to Teaching

Action Based Collaborative Approach to Teaching Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

This effort will move the introductory materials science course (serving 230 students) from lectures to collaborative group work. The PI has identified key models from a colleague at Harvard on how to do this.

The proposal involves the development of an introductory materials course that will have no lectures and consist entirely of active learning and collaborative peer teaching techniques. This will be a hybrid course, presented in a flat classroom, that will include the inspirational videos and pre-work developed last term along with several of the peer teaching methods that Eric Mazur from Harvard has been pioneering. These include the use of an annotation system to read the textbook, enhanced clicker technology using Learning Catalytics software to deliver in- class guided inquiry problems, group homework collaboration that is graded via student reflections, group projects, and a final exam.

A no-lecture version of MSE 220 was taught in the Fall of 2013 with 61 students enrolled in the class.  Similar methods are now being used in MSE 562 (graduate class) and plans are in place to teach MSE 220 in the Fall 2014 term with 80 students.

The process has been documented with websites and a short video.

The websites can be found here:
MSE 220 F2013
MSE 562 W2014

Project Team:
Steve Yalisove, Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering