Online Teaching can be more than Talking Heads – Materials Experiments in a MOOC

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When Covid-19 forced many lecturers to switch to online teaching, many of us were forced due to time-constraints to simply record their lectures from their own home even though their in-class teaching would be much more active. As online teaching is likely to remain as a feature of Higher Education for now, we must look at making online teaching more active.
This talk will highlight best practices in active learning from the edX MOOC Introduction to Aerospace Structures and Materials as delivered by TU Delft. A virtual lecturer - Mrs Hannah Hypothesis - was introduced who talked learners through easily repeatable material and structures experiments, using materials from in and around their own home. In addition, learners were asked to create their own basic aerospace structures and materials designs in their weekly assignments. And, if she can be so persuaded, Mrs. Hannah Hypothesis may even make a special appearance!
Period3 Sept 2020
Event title Ansys Granta Online Materials Education Symposium: Inspiration for Educators in Engineering and Materials Science
Event typeConference
LocationUnited StatesShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational