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sustaining the effort living with the lab workshop July 2009
important ingredients • the platform • administrative support • the team • help desk • one or more champions • consistency • course materials • a room • equipment • supplies • money • good projects
the student-owned platform • low cost • readily available • reliable • can interface with sensors / devices • easy to learn (for first-year students)
administrative support provide faculty to teach provide space provide encouragement of effort $
“student perspective” corbett “what’s next” nelson dr. levelheaded “we can do this (even if it kills us)” hall dr. nano • Love to tinker • On top of technology • Enjoy engaging students • Liberals & conservatives • Various disciplines • Give and take • Want to do something ‘special’ dr. circuit the team “make it happen” wilkerson “chili pepper” swanbom connect with students cronk the communicator dr. design “between the ditches” barker
help desk 6 – 8 p.m. Sunday – Thursday Bogard Hall 130 • staffed by 1 to 3 students who have been through the curriculum • prepare course kits • keep room clean and organized • install software on student computers • help students with hardware issues and homework • run activities that need to be completed after hours (pump testing) • reduce faculty workload by helping students solve their problems
one or more champions • call weekly or bi-weekly meetings • order supplies • supervise help desk • administer web site • make up course schedules • distribute sensors • stay up all night
consistency • regular faculty meetings to stay on the “same page” • common homework • common projects • common evening exams • easy to prepare and deliver • more uniform grading
course materials • hundreds of pages of notes (no textbook) • instructor and student versions of notes • homework assignments and solutions • heavily used by students and others google analytics
a room • tables • counter space • storage • tablet PC and a projector one year we taught the curriculum in a regular classroom with desks
supplies • order for an entire year • do all of the cutting at once • have help desk stuff bags • stay organized
money • Startup costs for facilities and equipment • Some incentive or funding for faculty training • We estimate $30K per year to keep LWTL going for 400 + / yr • supplies • equipment maintenance • purchasing new or replacement sensors • paying help desk students • Plan for future funding • sell SolidWorks to students • $70 per students x 428 students per year = $30,000 year NSF CCLI Grant No. 0618288
what makes a good project? • supports key fundamentals (sometimes presented much earlier) • provides hands-on practice with modern technology / methods • requires minimum recurring faculty time • is challenging but fun
why projects???? Projects are the glue that link theory to applications Projects build intuition and provide context Intuition sticks with you, while theory fades Projects foster almost all of the attributes of the ENGR of 2020 Projects make students more innovative Projects build confidence
if it’s harder . . . then why do it?