Project- or discovery-based learning activities promote curiosity, enjoyment, and interest deriving from the stimulating context in which students operate. Providing a concrete contextualization of laboratory activities could improve student motivation and learning outcomes. In this contribution, a case study related to a workshop on laboratory activities proposed for Engineering Master students is presented, and designed with the aim of developing practical competencies, increasing problem-solving skills, and providing design abilities. Using the facilities available in the Measurements and Control Laboratory, the students, starting from concept knowledge acquired in basic subjects, such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Electronics, design and implement their experiments, gaining a deeper understanding of core disciplinary concepts while strengthening soft and teamwork skills. The challenges and possibilities of these self-directed thinking and learning laboratory activities are also discussed.

Persano Adorno D., Scardulla F., D'Acquisto L., Pizzolato N. (2023). Design of an open-lab activity for engineering students: A case study. THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION, 51(1), 47-65 [10.1177/03064190221143318].

Design of an open-lab activity for engineering students: A case study

Persano Adorno D.;Scardulla F.;D'Acquisto L.;
2023-01-01

Abstract

Project- or discovery-based learning activities promote curiosity, enjoyment, and interest deriving from the stimulating context in which students operate. Providing a concrete contextualization of laboratory activities could improve student motivation and learning outcomes. In this contribution, a case study related to a workshop on laboratory activities proposed for Engineering Master students is presented, and designed with the aim of developing practical competencies, increasing problem-solving skills, and providing design abilities. Using the facilities available in the Measurements and Control Laboratory, the students, starting from concept knowledge acquired in basic subjects, such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Electronics, design and implement their experiments, gaining a deeper understanding of core disciplinary concepts while strengthening soft and teamwork skills. The challenges and possibilities of these self-directed thinking and learning laboratory activities are also discussed.
Settore FIS/08 - Didattica E Storia Della Fisica
Settore FIS/07 - Fisica Applicata(Beni Culturali, Ambientali, Biol.e Medicin)
Settore ING-IND/12 - Misure Meccaniche E Termiche
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/03064190221143318
Persano Adorno D., Scardulla F., D'Acquisto L., Pizzolato N. (2023). Design of an open-lab activity for engineering students: A case study. THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION, 51(1), 47-65 [10.1177/03064190221143318].
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