First-Year Hands-On Design Course: Implementation & Reception

Anthony E. Butterfield, Kyle Branch, Edward Trujillo


To incorporate active and collaborative teaching methods early in our curriculum, we have developed a freshman design laboratory. The course introduces numerous core concepts and lab skills, by way of seven teaching modules, including spectrometer construction and a collaborative project with seniors. Survey data show students enjoyed and learned more from the course than through traditional methods. This class lays the groundwork for proven pedagogy throughout our curriculum. 

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