Improving Engineering Intuitions

By on March 2, 2021

Collaborate with peer graduate to explore and identify methods to improve the firsthand intuitions in any undergraduate major. This learning community aligns with CIRTL’s mission of enhancing undergraduate teaching experience via evidence based learning platform. The accomplishments from this learning community will help to have a shared discovery and learning and also build up connections among the learners.

Learning Community: Improving Engineering Intuitions

Improving Engineering Intuitions
Location: Woolf Hall, Room 200
All meetings will be held from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Community Leader: Shashank Kumat , PhD Student, MAE

Meeting Schedule:

Friday, October 4th

  • Introduction to CIRTL
  • Introduction to this learning community (purpose & goal)
  • Learning Outcome: Lay a foundation to emphasize the primitive understanding of the course

Friday, October 11th

  • Number sense in engineering world
  • Discussion Topic:
    • What are the current methods to interpret any number with engineering units?
  • Open Discussion
  • Learning Outcome
    • Describe several assessment techniques and recognize their alignment with improving engineering intuitions

Friday, October 18th

  • Reasonable or Ridiculous?
  • Discussion Topic:
    • How would engineering simulation fool an engineer without intuition
  • Open Discussion
  • Learning Outcome:
    • Discuss several techniques to record volunteers experience of how did engineering intuition played a significant role

Friday, October 25th

  • Techniques to improve engineering intuitions
  • Discussion Topic:
    • Discuss a journal paper ‘Beyond Gut Feeling: Teaching “Engineering Intuition” in the Technology Age’
  • Open Discussion
  • Learning Outcome:
    • Describe several assessment techniques and recognize their alignment with improvement of engineering intuition

Friday, November 1st

  • Application of Engineering intuition in real world scenario
  • Discussion Topic
    • When NASA Lost a Spacecraft Due to a Metric Math Mistake
  • Open Discussion
  • Learning Outcome
    • Describe several known high-impact, evidence-based effective instructional practices and materials and recognize their alignment with the learning goal

Friday November 8th

  • Gage volunteer(s) understanding towards the improvement of engineering intuitions
  • Discussion Topic
    • What are the upgrades that one can include in a coursework to improve engineering intuition
  • Open Discussion
  • Learning Outcome
    • Integrate one or more evidence-based teaching strategies into teaching plan to accomplish learning goal