Webinar: Explore Innovative Teaching Methods in Science & Engineering

Join us for a special webinar presented to you by EERI's Younger Members Committee!

Explore Engaging Teaching Methods for the Science and Engineering Fields
Thursday, February 13 at 12 pm PT / 3 pm ET | REGISTER HERE
FREE for EERI members | $25 for non-members (PDH hours included upon request)

Learn how you can incorporate experiments and demonstrations to enhance your teaching methods and improve your students’ learning outcomes. This webinar is designed for graduate students, academics, and other practitioners in the science and engineering fields with any and all levels of teaching experience. You’ll hear two dynamic presentations touching on different aspects of this topic.

Diane YMC 2Incorporating Demonstrations into Engineering Classrooms and Outreach
Diane Moug
, Ph.D. (M.EERI,2014)
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Portland State University

You will gain new strategies on using demonstrations in different settings, including in classroom teaching and engineering outreach events. In the classroom setting, demonstrations have several benefits including, breaking up the pace of lecture, communicating technical concepts, offering different teaching styles, and reinforcing learning outcomes. For engineering outreach events, demonstrations should be able to communicate engineering concepts to the public and provide opportunities to spark excitement in outreach attendees. The presentation will provide examples, including “the iron glove” and “water flows uphill” demonstrations.

Anahid YMCLearn by Doing: Engaging Students in Experimentation
Anahid Behrouzi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Architectural Engineering
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Hands-on experimentation helps students develop a clearer understanding of complex course concepts, exhibit greater satisfaction with the overall learning experience, and have more confidence in future research opportunities. You will explore how to incorporate such experiments into structural engineering courses on dynamics, earthquake engineering, and seismic design in steel. The presentation will highlight examples such as small-scale dynamic tests, forced-vibration testing, and large-scale laboratory tests for steel frame and bracing systems. The presentation will also cover data collection and analysis techniques including smartphone accelerometer applications and data analysis through EMAPS and MATLAB.