Active and collaborative learning in a first course in fluid mechanics: Implementation and transfer

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Abstract

Although many instructors may see the benefits of active and collaborative learning strategies, they may be reluctant to use them in their classes because they lack information on how to apply such strategies to specific mechanical engineering subjects. Here we present twenty-three in-class exercises that are useful for instruction in a first course in fluid mechanics. These exercises range from activities that consume a large portion of a class period to those that require just a few minutes, or less. Survey results show that our students are highly receptive to these exercises, welcoming them over a traditional lecture format. We also show that these exercises can be adapted readily by others and present limited evidence illustrating their effectiveness in improving student learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)979-997
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Education
Volume25
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 27 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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