In the Design Studio Classroom, key engineering principles are
demonstrated using: 1) Design project assignments, 2) demonstrations/
experiments, 3) videos, and 4) lectures. These four different techniques
can be used in any engineering course. Fluid mechanics was the Pilot
Design Studio course taught at The Cooper Union. In addition to
the four different techniques, a series of eleven modules was developed.
The technique of modules was also used in senior level and graduate
courses at The Cooper Union. The modules include an outline of the
theory of a topic, illustrative design problems and design homework
problem. A set of short videotapes keyed to the professor’s
lectures allows for basic concepts to be presented by moving from
the lecture mode to a video mode. These techniques were also used
for courses in Water Resources Engineering, graduate courses in
Hydrology and Open Channel Flow.
The concept of the Virtual Classroom is to use teaching techniques
that do not include lectures, to present engineering principles
to enginering students. A module was used (similar in principle
to the design studio) as a learning aid to replace some lectures.
The concept of the virtual classroom can be coupled to the Design
Studio by also presenting engineering principles by lectures, design
projects, demonstrations/ experiments, and video.
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