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2015 MRS Fall Meeting Logo2015 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

November 29-December 4, 2015 | Boston
Meeting Chairs: T. John Balk, Ram Devanathan, George G. Malliaras, Larry A. Nagahara, Luisa Torsi

Symposium A—Engaged Learning of Materials Science and Engineering in the 21st Century

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.”

Topics will include:

  • Development of curricula and activities involving novel and newly discovered materials (e.g., biomaterials, computational materials, electronic and photonic materials, nanomaterials, and Van der Waals materials)
  • Developing materials-agnosticconcept inventories
  • Incorporating digital learningtools into classroom experiences
  • Eliminating lecture in favor ofmore active class time
  • Developing online MaterialsScience courses for distance learning
  • Developing multidisciplinaryexperimental and computational laboratory experience
  • Developing internationalprograms in materials education
  • Assessing the efficacy of newpedagogical paradigms
  • Communicating innovations inmaterials science to the general public
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Rama Bansil (Boston University, USA)
  • Eva Campo (Bangor University, United Kingdom)
  • David Ginley (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA)
  • Kevin Jones (University of Florida, USA)
  • Harold Kroto (Florida State University, USA)
  • Tim McKay (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Amy Moll (Boise State University, USA)
  • Shelly Moram (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
  • Kathleen Stair (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Guebre Tessema (National Science Foundation, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Zakya Kafafi
Lehigh University

Ian Ferguson
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Sergio Mejia
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

Joanna Millunchick
University of Michigan