Recently, there has been a great deal of excitement around the idea of engaged learning for next generation materials scientists and engineers, whether they include more active classrooms, digital learning tools, multidisciplinary design or immersive experiences. This symposium will focus on the roles that will be played by teachers and academicians in light of these new opportunities. Speakers will present their work in creating in-class activities that replace traditional lectures, many of which also entail the burgeoning use of online tools and resources. But learning doesn’t only take place in the classroom, so the design of laboratories, online courses, and international exchange programs will be part of the program.
Areas of interest for this symposium will be on program development and assessment, distance and online learning, informal education in nontraditional settings, as well as recruitment and retention of women and individuals from under-represented groups. A practicum event where participants can experience using digital learning tools and developing in-class activities that engage student learning will be one of the highlights of this symposium.
Materials science is cross- and multi-disciplinary by definition, and the academic preparation of the students must reflect this fact. Indeed, there has been an explosion of research and discovery of new multi-functional materials in the past few decades including biomaterials, computational materials, electronic and photonic materials, nanomaterials and Van der Waals materials to name but a few. Traditional curricula need to be expanded and in some cases overhauled to incorporate these advances and discoveries. This symposium will focus on approaches for the implementation of these topics and the development of common concepts across all materials, or so-called “concept inventories.”