Title

Integrating Everyday Examples in Mechanical Engineering Courses for Teaching Enhancement

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2016

Publication Source

International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education

Volume

44

Issue

1

Inclusive pages

16-28

DOI

10.1177/0306419015625562

Publisher

SAGE Publications Inc.

ISBN/ISSN

03064190

Abstract

One critical measure of success in primarily undergraduate institutions is to achieve high retention rate. Retention rate is the number of students who continue as students at the same institution in the next year compared to the number of students in the current year. Teaching-focused institutions are generally regional, and students are highly diversified in terms of their academic backgrounds and interests. It tends to be a great challenge to retain a high percentage of engineering students at regional campuses. The purpose of the presented work is to integrate everyday examples in mechanical engineering courses to motivate students in completing their studies. This approach has proven very beneficial to both students and instructors. Students are highly motivated and inspired to apply their engineering knowledge directly to everyday, real-world applications; this results in a higher level of student engagement, which in turn, leads to opportunities to improve teaching performance for instructors.

Keywords

Teaching, Model and simulation, Retention rate, Solid model, Student engagement, Undergraduate institutions, Engineering knowledge, Students, Technical presentations, Computer aided design, Education, CAD/CAM, Everyday examples in engineering (E3), machine design, mechanical engineering, modeling and simulation, solid modeling

Disciplines

Engineering | Engineering Education

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