The objectives are to use a concept guide to introduce and reinforce solid mechanics concepts to students and to use 3D printed model for visualizing simple structures.
Overall, the students found the concept guides to be useful in summarizing core mechanics concepts. However, there was not improvement of student performance through quantitative assessment of exam grades compared to other sections or students from a previous year.
Yes, I will be teaching a small section of ME 211 Fall 2017 and plan on using the concept guide again. For the hands-on model, it will depend on the GSI that I work with as this is used in the discussion class.
Advice to your Colleagues:
For the concept guides, I would like to be able to incorporate exam questions that are directly related to the concept guide. I believe that will make it more effective for student learning. For the hands-on model, I would like to create a list of concrete examples of structures that students can build and to illustrate different loading conditions.