Western Engineering

教学创新Teaching Innovations


New coursenotes and laboratory manuals were written for every course taught so far, except for project courses, to help the students master the course content. Several undergraduate courses were re-structured and re-developed. One new graduate course was established --- Advanced High Velocity Fluidization Technology.

An innovative teaching method, the Team Structured Learning, has been adopted on teaching several key undergraduate courses. This method actively involves the students in hand-on problem solving workshop sessions during classroom instruction. Students are grouped together to solve challenging problems under the close supervision of the instructor and are given the opportunity to teach themselves. With this new method, inefficient "passive" learning process is replaced by the more efficient "active" learning process. Even though this method does demand more time from the instructor, it greatly enhances the effectiveness of teaching so that it is widely appreciated by the students.

Another innovative teaching method, the Student Participation Lecturing, has been adopted for teaching a graduate course (677-Advanced High Velocity Fluidization Technology). In this course, some topics are divided into weekly sessions where one or two students will deliver a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour discussion period for other students to ask questions and make comments and for the instructor to present any additional materials and to make further clarifications. Because students choose the presentation topics of their own interests, this method provides both in-depth studies for each student on selected topics (those they choose to present) and general studies for the other subjects. Strong interaction is also realized in class.