2. Introductory Teaching: a key theme for the new academic year
With the academic year starting in many parts of the world, new ways to engage students are at the front of many educators’ minds. This is particularly true for introductory teaching of Materials, where successful courses need to quickly inspire students about the subject.
A new index on our Teaching Resources Website provides a catalog of such resources and a new, two-part Introductory Lecture Unit has been added to this list.
And you may find the following papers of interest: follow the links below to download a White Paper by Mike Ashby on 'Teaching Materials and Processes to First and Second Year Students' and a White Paper on how to use CES EduPack with the Callister book ‘Materials Science and Engineering, an Introduction’.
3. CES EduPack training and user groups (next: Philadelphia)
CES EduPack is easy to use, however training sessions and workshops provide educators with a venue to discuss teaching approaches and share experiences, as well as gain an in-depth knowledge of what CES EduPack can do. In Philadelphia, PA, USA, we will be running two workshops on basic and advanced teaching. Alongside this event will be the first CES EduPack User Group Meeting for educators in the US. Join us to discuss key topics in materials teaching and have a say in future CES EduPack developments.
This event follows a successful Granta two-day training course earlier this month, hosted by the University of Sheffield, UK. Day one focused on an introduction to teaching with CES EduPack and the second day consisted of sessions on the advanced editions of CES EduPack. Feedback on the course has been very positive.
4. Advancing the teaching of Sustainability
More than 200 educators from around the world participated in a Granta survey about teaching Sustainability to Engineering students. Asked about which themes they concentrate on in their teaching, 78% said Life-Cycle Thinking and 75% said Environmental Impact, followed by Materials Circularity (45%) and Critical Materials (41%). One key concern from the 212 educators who took part in the survey was finding suitable, authentic case studies for project-based learning. This was seen as key to engage students in the subject. As a result of the survey, Granta is looking to expand its bank of case studies to support educators.
Mike Ashby and Tatiana Vakhitova will be hosting an interactive workshop on Green Design and Sustainable Development in Cambridge, UK, on Dec 11. Participants will work through a case study as if they were students on a project-based course.
5. Materials Education Symposia: abstract deadline
Take part in the biggest gathering of people who care about materials education. You have until September 30 to submit your abstract for the 2016 Materials Education Symposia. You can either submit for the North American event (UC Berkeley, Mar 17-18) or the International event (University of Cambridge, Apr 7-8). There will also be an Asian Symposium later in the year (Singapore, Dec 8-9; deadline for abstracts March 31).
6. Open development of materials teaching resources
Thank you to the many people who responded to the recent Granta survey on teaching resources for Materials Science & Materials Engineering. This helps us to guide development of future resources so that they meet the needs of educators. The survey is now closed but you can still download a prototype database and give us your feedback by following the link below.
7. Mapping the future of materials science
The SF2M workshop on Mapping the future of Materials Science in Sevres, France, on Sept 7-9 was a rich source of pointers to future needs for Materials teaching. Professor Mike Ashby gave the opening talk ‘Maps, Materials and Modelling — past, present, future’. The workshop attracted 80 participants and they discussed the continued expansion of the materials field to include topics ranging in scale from the atomic to the global. The challenge this poses for education was raised as a question for discussion at the end of the meeting, generating a number of interesting perspectives to follow up.
8. CES EduPack online training
Join us on the second Wednesday of each month for free, web-based training for educators using CES EduPack. Topics for the next three sessions are:
- Oct 14: Introductory Teaching Approaches
- Nov 11: Advanced Industrial Case Studies
- Dec 9: Engaging Engineers and Inspiring Designers
If you are an educator using CES EduPack and have not already signed up for this series, please register to receive your individual ID and password in advance of each session.
9. Upcoming workshops and events
Talking to you helps us to develop CES EduPack in a way that supports your teaching. You can meet us at these upcoming events, conferences, and workshops.