Engineering Education Research

photo of poster fair crowdOver the years, the field of engineering education research has been developing in exciting ways. At U-M, the importance of this growing field is being emphasized by offering a Certificate in Engineering Education Research and the hiring of engineering education research (EER) faculty members appointed in traditional engineering departments. Currently, there are four core EER faculty members in engineering (Shanna Daly, Mechanical Engineering; Cindy Finelli, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Aileen Huang-Saad, Biomedical Engineering; and Joi-Lynn Mondisa, Industrial and Operations Engineering) and a fifth core EER faculty member who has a courtesy appointment in engineering (Lisa Lattuca, Higher Education).

In this evolving field, scholars apply the methods of educational and social science research to address a range of issues pertaining to teaching and learning in engineering. The findings can help educators in any field think about effective teaching strategies (both in and beyond the classroom), ways to increase diversity in the field, or broader policy issues, for instance. Read more »

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At U-M and around the country, research in Engineering Education has been developing in exciting directions. In this growing field, scholars apply the methods of educational research to address a range of issues pertaining to teaching and learning in engineering. The findings can help instructors in any field think about effective approaches to teaching, both in and beyond the classroom--including strategies for engaging diverse students and supporting their academic success. 

Interested in learning more? You're invited to attend CRLT-Engin's Engineering Education Research Day on March 17. Events take place 9:30am-2:30pm on North Campus. They include:

The eighth annual Research and Scholarship in Engineering Education poster fair. Held over lunch, the session will feature research projects by U-M faculty, staff, and students from fields including engineering, education, physics, and math.  These works in progress, pilot studies, and finished research focus on student success in engineering.

In addition, Purdue engineering professor Matt Ohland will present two seminars, on "Tools for Managing Student Teams" (9:30-11:00) and "Student Persistence, Performance, and Disciplinary Pathways" (1:20-2:30). As the descriptions below make clear, these sessions focus on matters of student engagement, learning, and retention that are relevant to teachers in a broad range of fields.   Read more »

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At U-M and around the country, research in Engineering Education is developing in exciting directions. In this evolving field, scholars apply the methods of educational research to address a range of issues pertaining to teaching and learning in engineering. The findings can help instructors in any field think about effective teaching strategies, both in and beyond the classroom.

participants discussing materialInterested in learning more? You're invited to attend CRLT-Engin's Engineering Education Research Day on March 20. This day-long program on North Campus will provide opportunities for U-M faculty, staff, and students to learn about the scholarship of teaching and learning in engineering as well as explore possible collaborations.

Three major sessions are scheduled:

  • participants discussing materialIntroduction to Engineering Education Research and information about the Rackham Certificate in Engineering Education Research (9-10:30)
  • Poster Fair:  Research and Scholarship in Engineering Education (11:30-1:00)
  • Research talk:  Maura Borrego (Virginia Tech and NSF) presents, "What Influences Undergraduate Decisions to Attend Engineering Graduate School?" (1:30-3:00)

The full agenda and registration information can be found on this page.  

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