ed research · for faculty · SoTL

SoTL Resources

Over the last 3 years, I’ve spent some time curating SoTL resources for colleagues on the MRU Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning’s website.  I thought I’d capture them here as well:   About SoTL Bernstein, D. (2010) Finding Your Place in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, International Journal for the Scholarship of… Continue reading SoTL Resources

design · engineering · engineering design

design thinking in the K-12 classroom

Here is an article about a very cool initiative – Project Zero out of Harvard.  The research is investigating the theory that “kids learn best when they’re actively engaged in designing and creating projects to explore concepts.”  In other words, when they are doing engineering-like activities such as tinkering, designing, and reverse-engineering previously designed objects!!… Continue reading design thinking in the K-12 classroom

engineering · for students

Engineering Degree “has legs”

Most students may not be planning to do a second degree or a different career when they start in the engineering program, but it’s good to know that your degree “has legs”, as explained in this article in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix: http://www2.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/story.html?id=538c0d5d-e354-473d-836a-e9f089a30455&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UniversityAffairsMediaScan+%28Media+Scan+|+University+Affairs%29&utm_content=Google+International   What do they mean?  They mean that “an undergraduate degree in… Continue reading Engineering Degree “has legs”

ed research · engineering ed · STEM issues

Tutorials in STEM courses: are they useful?

Below, you will see the description of a research study that is being launched this year in the department of Mathematics, Physics & Engineering at Mount Royal University (MRU). Please contact me by email or by leaving a comment on this blog if you have comments or questions, would like references, or would like to… Continue reading Tutorials in STEM courses: are they useful?

design · engineering · engineering design · for students

An engineering design problem: how to stop subway tunnels from flooding as a result of a storm surge

Recently, Hurricane Sandy shut down New York City’s subway system for days.  Here’s an article in the NYTimes about what engineers are doing to help solve this very real, and relatively new, problem. Creating a Balloonlike Plug to hold back floodwaters  from the NYTimes. To my engineering design students: can you articulate the problem statement,… Continue reading An engineering design problem: how to stop subway tunnels from flooding as a result of a storm surge

educational philosophy · unschooling

Scientific Thinking in Young Children

This recent article in Science is pretty interesting to me both as a parent and as an educator: Scientific Thinking in Young Children: Theoretical Advances, Empirical Research, and Policy Implications, Science 28 September 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6102 pp. 1623-1627 Abstract: “New theoretical ideas and empirical research show that very young children’s learning and thinking… Continue reading Scientific Thinking in Young Children