EXTROVERT set out with an ambitious goal to increase depth of comprehension in engineering courses, as well as to enable learners to understand the issues and solve problems across disciplines. The former is a prerequisite to the latter, since a culture and confidence of learning and understanding in depth, leads naturally to an ability to grasp how other fields approach their problems, and to understand their issues. Assessing success in this endeavor poses some unique challenges that go far beyond the usual "happiness survey" of present-day Course Evaluation Survey systems.
Dr. Krausche came to Georgia Tech and conducted several Focus Group discussions with students at the sophomore, junior, senior and graduate levels across several types of courses.
Industry Panel at University of Texas Arlington
At the end of the project, we called on a team of senior industry people to discuss the issues, our solutions, and future approaches. We met at the University of Texas at Arlington on March 13, 2013
Case Studies on Depth and on Learning to Innovate
Georgia Institute of Technology Project Title: EXTROVERT: LEARNING TO INNOVATE ACROSS DISCIPLINES
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LEARNER SURVEYS: PLEASE CLICK ON THE SURVEYS BELOW WHEN YOU ARE READY
|GT Course or Resource||Survey Name||url|
|How Do You Usually Learn?||https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HowDoULearn|
|Low Speed Aerodynamics||Introduction to Aerodynamics||https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/IntroFluMech|
|Low Speed Aerodynamics||Introduction to Fluid Mechanics||https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AeroSummary|
|Low Speed Aerodynamics||Conservation Equations||https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ConservationEquations|
|Low Speed Aerodynamics||Incompressible Potential Flow||https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/IncomPotentialFlow|
|Low Speed Aerodynamics||Incompressible Thin Airfoil Theory||https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/IncomThinAirfoil|
|Low Speed Aerodynamics||Finite Wing Analysis||https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FiniteWing|
|Low Speed Aerodynamics||Viscous Flow||https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ViscousFlow|
|High Speed Aerodynamics||Summary Aero/Gas Dynamics||https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SummaryAeroGasDynamics|
|High Speed Aerodynamics||Full Potential Equation||https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/fullpotential|
|High Speed Aerodynamics||Linearized Potential Equation||https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/linpot|
|High Speed Aerodynamics||Supersonic Airfoils||https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/supsairfoil|
|High Speed Aerodynamics||Sweep and Critical Mach Number||https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/mcrit|
|High Speed Aerodynamics||Wings and Bodies in Compressible Flow||https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wingbody|
|High Speed Aerodynamics||Compressible Boundary Layers||https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/compblayer|
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