Events & Activities

Mark McDaniel Flyer

Fall 2017 AE3 Distinguished Lecture
On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, AE3 held its second Distinguished Lecture. Mark McDaniel is a Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the founding Co-Director of the Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE) at Washington University in St. Louis. The title of his lecture was "Making Learning Stick: Evidence Based Techniques to Improve Instruction and Student Learning". He discussed ways to stimulate elaborative learning and increase long-term retention.

Slides from the lecture.
YouTube video from lecture.


Dr. Conrad FlyerSeminar by Dr. Susan Conrad
On Monday, October 9, 2017, the Strategic Instructional Innovation Program (SIIP) and the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering hosted Dr. Susan Conrad from Portland State University. She discussed ways to improve the readiness of students for writing in the workplace. While the writing project focuses on civil engineering, it can be adapted to any STEM discipline.
Larry LeeAE3 Celebration of Teaching
Every April, AE3 congratulates the Collins Scholars program participants, and showcases SIIP and other instructional innovations in the College of Engineering.


2017 photo gallery
2016 photo gallery
2015 photo gallery
2014 photo gallery

Spring 2017 AE3 Distinguished Lecture
On Thursday, April 6, 2017, AE3 held its first Distinguished Lecture. Dr. John Dunlosky is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences and the Director of the Science of Learning and Education Center at Kent State University. He discussed which learning strategies students believe are the best and which ones they use the most. He also described a variety of promising strategies students should use and methods aimed at helping STEM students achieve.

Slides from the lecture.
YouTube video from lecture.
AE3’s First Annual Lightning Symposium on Teaching
On Thursday, March 2, 2017, AE3 held the first annual Lightning Symposium at Grainger Library. The symposium consisted of ten speakers including:

Lawrence Angrave, CS – Using Course Assistants
Pascal Bellon, MatSE – Tablets for Interaction
Tami Bond, CEE – Unlimited Tries
Tim Bretl, AeroE – Learning Students’ Names
Scott Carney, ECE – Student Presentation Skills
Alison Dunn, MechSE – Group Quizzing
Katy Huff, NPRE – Randomized Calling on Students
Paul Kwiat, Physics – Escape Room for Learning
John Popovics, CEE – Supporting Struggling Students
Matt West, MechSE – PrairieLearn
project-based learning facultyProject-Based Learning Events
In November 2015, AE3 held seminars and workshops on project-based learning for over 40 faculty and students in the College of Engineering. An overview is here.
WIEMAN-final-posterCarl Wieman: Taking a Scientific Approach to Science Education
In March 2015, AE3 co-sponsored a MillerComm Lecture by Carl Wieman, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics. His talk made the case for a scholarly approach to teaching, guided by research and information technology. His slides are available here.
Past_Present_Future_Oct8_smallEngineering Education at Illinois: Past, Present, and Future
In October 2014, AE3 celebrated two important events: its 20th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of a visionary essay by Dean William Everitt predicting the future of engineering education.

Over 100 people came to hear Don Bitzer, professor of ECE and co-inventor of PLATO (the past); Rohit Bhargava, professor of bioengineering (the present), and Dean Andreas Cangellaris (the future).

Photo gallery
Event video
Slides from Dean Cangellaris
Timeline of engineering education at Illinois