UKCME logo
UK Centre for Materials Education
Working with you to enhance the student experience
People working at tables, water molecule magnified, groups of people working, split over three small windows.
Home | Important Themes | Resources | Events and Workshops | About the Centre | Search
Teaching Materials for Engineers: Student Motivation, Group work and Problem-Based Learning
19 November 2003, Belfast Castle, Belfast
This workshop is for anyone who works in the Engineering sector and wants to make the learning experience for their students more informative, motivating and rewarding. The workshop provides an opportunity to discuss current issues in enchancing student learning, explore examples and gain 'hands on' experience of PBL.
 
Student Reps' Weekend
14-16 November 2003, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Co. Durham
Following the success of this event in 2001 and 2002, the UK Centre for Materials Education is running a free residential weekend for students in Materials Departments who have been elected to represent their fellow students at departmental, faculty or university level. The course aims to help students to appreciate how they can best represent the interests of their fellows, by enabling them to gain an insight into the principles and practice of materials education in institutions across the UK. More details will be available shortly.
 
Teaching Materials Using Problem Based Learning
14 July 2003, Queen Mary University of London
This workshop will discuss how PBL has been introduced at QMUL into all stages of the curriculum, including advice on how to avoid many of the pitfalls that have been encountered over the last three years. The presentations will demonstrate how PBL is managed, how students are supported in these activities and examples of the types of problems tackled by the students will be reviewed. The opportunity will be given to quiz students and staff who have worked with PBL so that they can recount their personal experiences. In addition, examples of how the application of PBL during open days can be used to help recruitment will be given.
 
New Web-based Resources for Teaching Materials Science
24 June 2003, University of Cambridge
Recent years have seen increased emphasis on the use of the Web to disseminate flexible learning materials. This workshop aims to provide an opportunity to learn about and try out new web-based resources for teaching and learning Materials Science, developed by the DoITPoMS Project and MATTER. The workshop will consist of a mix of presentations, demonstrations and hands-on sessions with web-based teaching and learning resources. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion, including a plenary session.
 
Materials for Engineers
12 June 2003, Sheffield Hallam University
Are you a Materials lecturer, or Engineering/Technology lecturer? Do you teach Materials to Engineering or Technology students? If so, then this event is for you. The aim of this national workshop is to give you an overview of what may be included in terms of Materials content in Engineering/Technology courses. Participants in the workshop will have the opportunity to: identify and discuss the current issues relating to the teaching of Materials within a broad engineering/technology context; explore examples of good practice from across the UK higher education community, and share/exchange ideas; have 'hands on' experience of specialist software as an aid to teaching Materials.
 
Environmental Materials
21 May 2003, University of Wales Swansea
This workshop will consider ways to enhance the awareness of undergraduate students to the importance of materials in relation to the environment. The programme for the day will include highly interactive sessions focussing on the choice of topics for students to learn; ways of enhancing student perception; and assessment issues when considering student attitude. These will be explored from the perspective of: Life Cycle Analysis; Materials Extraction and Resource Implications; Environmental Impacts of Processing; Design for Sustainability; Economic, Social and Legislative Issues; Use of Sustainable Materials; Materials for Green Energy; End-of-Life Issues
 
Teaching Materials Using Case Studies
7 May 2003, University of Birmingham
Case Studies are an increasingly popular form of teaching and have an important role in developing skills and knowledge in students. This workshop explores the use of the case-based approach to support engineering education and, more specifically, their role in Materials Science related courses. The programme for the day includes presentations and discussions on three main themes; developing case studies, using case studies, and key skills and assessment in case studies. The main aim of the workshop is to share good practice and experiences in using case studies.
 
Material Choices Symposium
28 March 2003, RSA, London
Materials Scientists and Engineers make responsible choices on behalf of society as part of their everyday activities. This meeting which is being co-hosted by the UK Centre for Materials Education and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (the RSA) will bring together materials scientists and engineers in industry and academia to discuss the way forward in developing a social and ethical conscience within undergraduate and research students regarding the development and use of new materials in society.
 
Materials in Art Symposium
28 February 2003, Women's Library, London
Materials and engineering programmes all involve students learning about the relationships between structure and properties of materials such as metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. However, they rarely take into account the aesthetics of use and consumer needs. On the other hand, Art and Design students develop their practical skills with different materials but rarely do they understand the properties of those materials in any depth, and therefore cannot use them to their full potential. This symposium aims to bring together the expertise of artists, designers, materials scientists and engineers in order to encourage the disciplines to work together in enhancing the teaching and learning experience of all of their students.
 
Surviving the Knowledge-Based Economy: Developing the Professional Student
25 February 2003, University of Edinburgh
Professional development is not a new concept, but it is becoming increasingly important. The continuing pace of change in materials science and engineering means that what we learned in our initial training courses soon becomes dated and irrelevant. This workshop has two principal objectives: to highlight the skills required for successful, lifelong professional development, and to suggest strategies and methodologies that can assist in the acquisition of professional development skills.
 
Teaching Materials Chemistry
31 January 2003, Imperial College, London
Do you teach Chemistry to Materials Scientists or Engineers? Do you teach Materials to Chemists? If so, then this workshop is for you. Materials chemistry is a wide-ranging subject that can include as many aspects of other sciences as you or your department demands. We will look at the issues and problems (as well as opportunities!) specific to teaching such interdiciplinary courses. We will discuss teaching and assessment methods as well as looking at labs and group work.
 
Creative University Project Training Course for UK Lecturers
24-27 January 2003, High Leigh Conference Centre, Hertfordshire
The Creative University Project is offering an opportunity for lecturers within Higher Education to attend a 4-day training course about creativity. The course will give an overview of a number of different approaches and techniques as well as attempting to contextualise these approaches within the HE environment. The course will be an opportunity to interact with other lecturers and disciplines as well as with experts in these various approaches.
 

 

  

 

See also »

Events Archive: