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ERIC Number: ED398884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 7
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Active Learning in Technical Courses.
Cordes, David; Parrish, Allen
The University of Alabama is one of seven schools participating in the Foundation Coalition, a National Science Foundation-sponsored partnership looking at educational reform within the undergraduate engineering curriculum. Participants incorporate curriculum integration, human-interface development (active and cooperative learning), and technology-enabled education. In addition to active involvement in the Foundation Coalition, the engineering department has re-structured several of its own undergraduate courses around the same concepts. This includes the re-design of classrooms as well as a shift in focus from a traditional lecture to more of an "active learning" environment. This paper looks at the active learning experience of one course, Software Development and Systems. The class is a sophomore/junior level class that meets for 75 minutes twice a week. Class time is divided between mini-lectures and team learning, in which students work in self-selected groups of four, solving problems and discussing issues for a specific set of tasks that must be completed the same day. Class performance in these exercises has been outstanding, even though the class begins at 8:00 AM, a typically difficult time to motivate students. The use of teams permits students within the course to learn how to interact effectively with other students, and begins to place the responsibility of learning on the shoulders of the student. (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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