Visualizing Innovative Uses of Technology and Devices for Engaging College Students in Active Learning


This session will provide attendees with several new ideas and examples for using older and newer types of technology and devices in order to appeal to the visual learner in every student. As described by Felder & Brent (2005), "A goal of instruction should be to equip students with the skills associated with every learning style category, regardless of the students' personal preferences, since they will need all of those skills to function effectively as professionals." Although we are educators and many of our doctoral students aspire to go into academia, our primary focus in the course of our training was most likely not education, per se, but engineering, psychology, human factors, or some other discipline. It is often the case that subject matter experts do not also formally acquire expertise in teaching methods. According to Wankat & Oreovicz (1993)(pg 1), "The majority of engineering professors have never had a formal course in education." Some people do have natural gifts for teaching, but Wankat & Oreovicz (1993)(pg 1) believe that "It is possible to learn how to teach well." This belief, as well as the belief that educators want to teach well, are primary motivators for organizing this session, which has been designed to provide current and aspiring instructors with some additional knowledge and methods for enhancing their pedagogic skills.

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54th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (2010: Sep. 27-Oct. 1, San Francisco, CA)


Psychological Science

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Active Learning; Additional Knowledge; College Students; Engineering Professors; Human Factors; Learning Style; Personal Preferences; Subject Matter Experts; Teaching Methods; Visual Learners; Engineering Education; Ergonomics; Innovation; Teaching; Students

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Publication Date

01 Jan 2010