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An Innovative Integrated Learning Laboratory Environment
Frontiers in Education Conference, 1997. 27th Annual Conference. Teaching and Learning in an Era of Change. Proceedings.
  • Ajay Mahajan, University of Akron, main campus
  • David McDonald
  • Maurice Walworth
Document Type
Conference Proceeding
Publication Date
11-1-1997
Abstract
The current paradigm in engineering course instruction builds on a lecture prerequisite structure but ignores the need for a laboratory prerequisite structure. Educational quality is therefore diminished as instructors optimize specific laboratories but fail to optimize the overall program laboratory experience. This paper presents a learning environment that forces students to use not only concepts and skills acquired from the lecture, but also actual data and models acquired from lower division laboratories, in upper division laboratories. The integration occurs because students must utilize their previous laboratory work as a reference and/or building blocks as they study the different facets of the same experimental set-ups in multiple engineering laboratories. The students learn to appreciate the integrated nature of modern systems since they get to use the same set-ups in multiple courses. There are other indirect advantages of this approach in terms of financial economy and faculty professional development.
Citation Information
Ajay Mahajan, David McDonald and Maurice Walworth. "An Innovative Integrated Learning Laboratory Environment" Frontiers in Education Conference, 1997. 27th Annual Conference. Teaching and Learning in an Era of Change. Proceedings. Vol. 1 (1997) p. 445 - 449
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ajay_mahajan/80/