2005 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Showcase

2:30-5:00 p.m., April 19, 2005
Mary Gates Commons

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2:30 Posters | 2:30 Roundables | 4:00 Posters | 4:00 Roundtables

Developing an Interdisciplinary Team Learning-Centered Course

Samra Sangari, Chemical Engineering

Currently I’m teaching Chemical Engineering related courses to undergraduate and graduate students as well as professionals. My method emphasizes the interactive aspects of the teaching process by encouraging the students to participate in designing their own learning in an environment that is friendly and non-intimidating, yet mind provoking and energetic. Our classes bring people from different backgrounds and cultures together as a way of encouraging critical reasoning and asking questions while developing a personal model for interacting with other people.

I am hoping to use my teaching experience in the Chemical Engineering Department and develop an interdisciplinary curriculum that explains the science necessary to understand nanotechnology and provides a professional environment that promotes teamwork. Furthermore, I am hoping to design this curriculum for students to understand how nanotechnology will integrate into their disciplines. This will enable students to learn more and to do better in their courses. Therefore, I need to interact with faculties from other Departments and learn what their needs are in nanotechnology. In addition I like to share my experiences with other faculties and learn about their experiences.

I am hoping that through these discussions we can create few teaching methods that will help to even further promoting the UW at an international level. I have examined the students through written tests, reports and presentations. In addition, I provided an opportunity for them to give a tour of our labs to academics from both US and non-US universities and professionals. While giving the tour they needed to explain the details of their methodologies, materials, and their projects. My teaching experience shows me that when I give a chance to students to talk about the subject especially in form of questions and answers they will not learn and have a feel for the material fully.

Poster Session, 4:00-5:00 p.m.