An Entertaining and Effective Engineering Lab | TTLL Season 2, Episode 5

Oct 31, 2023, 09:00 AM by Bob Dignan

Who says engineers can’t have pizazz?! Ether through sheer silliness or deeply rooted pedagogy (or both – or neither!), Blake Johnson made low effort decisions to infuse some style into the pressure cooker situation of converting engineering lab courses into an online modality within a week to accommodate pandemic response in March 2020. Here’s a link to a sample of these lab videos sent to students in lieu of them being in the facility: Stylized Remote Lab Procedures Example - ME 320 Lab 5

Listen to his reflections on the process of converting labs under impossible circumstances all while maintaining his fun - yet rigorous - teaching affect. 

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About the guests 

Blake Everett Johnson is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He is also the Director of Undergraduate Instructional Laboratories 

Lucas Anderson is a Specialist in Education at CITL. Check out his blog where he writes about developing a teaching philosophy statement and other teaching topics.