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Better Learning Success in Engineering Mechanics

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Matthias Wangenheim, Sarah Engelmann, Frank Haupt

Leibniz Universität Hannover, Hannover, Germany

Paper No. IMECE2015-50377, pp. V005T05A002; 5 pages
doi:10.1115/IMECE2015-50377
From:
  • ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 5: Education and Globalization
  • Houston, Texas, USA, November 13–19, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5742-7
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME

abstract

Studying engineering mechanics is mandatory for every engineering student at Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH). The course is divided into four parts (statics, elastostatics, kinetics and kinematics, dynamics) and is taught over a period of two years at the very beginning of each study program. While students’ evaluations of our courses are good in general, we face a high failure rate in the exams, which are written once at the end of each course. In later stages of the engineering study programs, it seems hard to for us enthusing students for our research topics. Thus, finding M.Sc. or PhD students is more difficult for us than it should be. In a university funded, internal 12-month project we aim to optimize our Engineering Mechanics Tutorials, which provide a specific, relatively interactive form of teaching to the students. With internal and external consultancy by professional lecturers and didactics trainers, our project team has developed a course of actions and measures to raise the academic success of our students. In this publication we will discuss these actions as well as ways to measure and verify their success.

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