Maura Borrego
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My group studies engineering education, which includes ways to attract more students to engineering, ways to help students succeed in engineering, and ways to teach engineering better. Undergraduate researchers may be most interested in joining our studies of student resistance to active learning. We know from learning research that students learn better when they actively engage with the material, rather than listening to a boring lecture. It is challenging to get engineering instructors, particularly in the most technical topic areas, to change their teaching to include active engagement. One excuse is that students won't like it, and they will give bad teaching evaluation scores. We study real engineering classes to understand how to make students and instructors more comfortable with the active learning techniques that make it easier for most students to learn and be satisfied with their engineering majors.

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