Active learning in practice: Implementation of the principles of active learning in an engineering course

C. Rützou*

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    Abstract

    The most common form of teaching is still the form where a teacher presents the subject of the lecture to a listening audience. During teaching history this has proved to be an effective way of teaching, however the probability of students being inactive is high and the learning outcome may be small for these students. An alternative teaching method is "Active Learning" and in the autumn 2015 we implemented this method to a 5 ects. course of "Material Science". What we wanted to examine was: • How can Active Learning be implemented in the Material Science course • Is it possible to get through the same curriculum as usual during a term? • Will Active Learning reduce failure rate? • Will Active Learning give a higher learning outcome than traditional teaching? This paper deals with the results of this experiment, answers the mentioned questions and presents a way to implement Active Learning.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017 - Education Excellence for Sustainability, SEFI 2017
    Number of pages8
    PublisherEuropean Society for Engineering Education (SEFI)
    Publication date2017
    Pages1451-1458
    ISBN (Electronic)9789899887572
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Event45th Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI 2017: Education Excellence For Sustainability - The cultural and congress center of Angra do Heroísmo, Angra do Heroismo, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal
    Duration: 18 Sep 201721 Sep 2017
    Conference number: 45
    http://www.sefi2017.eu/

    Conference

    Conference45th Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI 2017
    Number45
    LocationThe cultural and congress center of Angra do Heroísmo
    CountryPortugal
    CityAngra do Heroismo, Terceira Island, Azores
    Period18/09/201721/09/2017
    SponsorDassault Systèmes Deutschland GmbH, Granta, MathWorks, Inc., National Instruments, Project Management Institute, Quanser
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