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Integrating undergraduate research into the electro-optics and laser engineering technology program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Author(s): Andrew F. Zhou

Paper Abstract

Bringing research into an undergraduate curriculum is a proven and powerful practice with many educational benefits to students and the professional rewards to faculty mentors. In recent years, undergraduate research has gained national prominence as an effective problem-based learning strategy. Developing and sustaining a vibrant undergraduate research program of high quality and productivity is an outstanding example of the problem-based learning. To foster student understanding of the content learned in the classroom and nurture enduring problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities, we have created a collaborative learning environment by building research into the Electro-Optics curriculum for the first- and second-year students. The teaching methodology is described and examples of the research projects are given. Such a research-integrated curriculum effectively enhances student learning and critical thinking skills, and strengthens the research culture for the first- and second-year students.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2014
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 9289, 12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 92890K (17 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2070291
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Andrew F. Zhou, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9289:
12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
Manuel F. P. C. Martins Costa; Mourad Zghal, Editor(s)

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