Dr. Cynthia Finelli: February 26 – March 6 2021
IEEI hosted Dr. Cynthia Finelli, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Professor of Education, and Director of Engineering Education Research at University of Michigan.
Abstract: There is ample evidence about the positive benefits of active learning and other student-centered teaching, yet lecture continues to be the prevailing pedagogy in most undergraduate engineering classrooms. Dr. Finelli is engaged in research to answer questions such as: What barriers inhibit instructor adoption of active learning in undergraduate engineering classes? What are actionable ways to overcome those barriers? Is student resistance to active learning a legitimate concern, and, if so, what can instructors do to lower student resistance? Dr. Finelli will present research findings to answer some of these questions and will identify strategies for participants to apply the research findings to their own teaching.