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Research-centric project-based learning of optomechanical design
Author(s): Keith J. Kasunic; Marcus Bagnell; Jeff D'Archangel; Alexander W. Dillard; Kyle M. Douglass; M. S. Mills; Dan Ott; Victoriya Relina; Benjamin Webb

Paper Abstract

In the Spring Semester of 2011, Univ. of Central Florida's CREOL introduced an elective course in Optomechanical Design. In addition to homework assignments and exams, one component of the course grade was a design project. Rather than the traditional "assigned" project, the instructor experimented with a novel research-centric approach. Specifically, students were asked to select a project directly applicable to their graduate research. While challenging for the instructor to grade, student motivation and performance remained exceptionally high throughout the semester. This paper summarizes the background, projects, and pedagogical benefits of such a research-centric approach to project-based learning.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8481, Optics Education and Outreach II, 84810A (15 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.928383
Show Author Affiliations
Keith J. Kasunic, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Marcus Bagnell, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Jeff D'Archangel, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Alexander W. Dillard, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Kyle M. Douglass, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
M. S. Mills, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Dan Ott, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Victoriya Relina, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Benjamin Webb, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8481:
Optics Education and Outreach II
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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