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Upcoming Workshops

Bridging the gap between the general writing that students have learned and the engineering writing that we expect at Penn State

At Penn State, although students are taught general writing in their first year, they often do not take a technical writing course until their third or fourth year. Meanwhile, they are called up to write as engineers in design courses, laboratory courses, and internships. This workshop first gathers participant input on what is needed to bridge this gap. Second, this workshop presents the results of our one-on-one interviews and surveys of engineering students and faculty to learn both what students are missing and what misconceptions they hold when they attempt to write as engineers. Finally, the workshop presents our newest resources to address this problem. These resources include a short online tutorial on writing engineering reports.

When: Thursday, Sept. 17, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. (EST). Feel free to bring your lunch!

Where: Zoom: Link will be sent individually to registered participants.

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Student Perspectives: Learning in the Time of COVID

In recent months, faculty lives and work responsibilities have been turned upside down by the shift in how we instruct our students. While we have been working to re-invent our teaching, it has been difficult for many of us to find time to understand the impact of the instructional changes, and COVID, on our students. Inspired by the customer discovery process initiated by entrepreneurs, this workshop will focus on the student experience as told by student voices. As part of the Entrepreneurial Mindset for Innovative Teaching (EMIT) project, the Leonhard Center will host a student panel with the intention to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic and remote learning experiences have impacted students. A panel of engineering students will join us to discuss their experiences with remote courses and provide their perspectives on how instructors can help improve their learning. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance or through Zoom chat during the session. Following the panel, participants will break out into groups to discuss what the students shared during the panel and how they may integrate these perspectives into their teaching.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Where: Zoom (link will be sent to registered participants)

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The Leonhard Center for Enhancement of Engineering Education was established in 1990 by an endowment from William and Wyllis Leonhard. Its mission is to catalyze the changes that are crucial to maintaining world-class engineering education at Penn State. In 2006 the Leonhard Center became the home for two other major programs that support teaching and learning in the College - the Office of Assessment & Instructional Support and Programs for Engineering Writing & Speaking.

The Leonhard Center

201 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-4020