Implementing problem-based learning in engineering through the use of case studies (workshop)
Presenter: Trevor Sabiston, Department of Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering
Case studies are a form of problem-based learning (PBL) where real world engineering examples are used within the class setting. They can be used to give meaning to abstract theories and emphasize the importance of what the students are learning. Using case studies has been shown to increase student interest, retention and ability to perform higher-level thinking in a subject without negatively affecting the students learning compared to traditional lecture-style presentation of material. In this workshop, we will discuss the benefits and challenges associated with implementing case studies in engineering including time management, the need for instructional objectives, and challenges related to students' lack of experience with problem-based learning.
Teaching students proof-writing skills (short presentation)
Presenter: J.C. Saunders, Department of Pure Math
In introducing post-secondary mathematics students to high-level math courses, a course is needed to teach these students how exactly to reason mathematically and write mathematical proofs. Many math students have trouble mastering these skills. There are numerous factors that contribute to this difficulty, which include difficulty with mathematical language and logic and the creation of proofs not being a straightforward process. Various strategies are proposed to overcome these difficulties, including developing students’ logic skills, especially on the use of quantifiers, and introducing various fun activities in the classroom.
- Participants will receive an attendance credit if they arrive on time and stay until the end of the event.
- A maximum of one special topic workshops can be counted towards your Fundamentals certificate.
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