What Don Woods Taught me About Teaching - Inaugural Don Woods Lecture

Dr. Richard M. Felder, Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University


22 March 2016 at 12:30

Location: JHE 376

As everyone who knows anything about chemical engineering education will tell you, Donald Woods was one of the most important people in the history of the field. He either invented or imported from other disciplines such teaching strategies as active learning, cooperative learning, and problem-based learning that are now household words in engineering education. He was as close as anyone could be to a living encyclopedia of pedagogy—an endless source of practical information about teaching, learning, assessment of learning, and educational research. Don also had a profound personal influence on me. He was one of two individuals who first gave me the idea that it was possible to make teaching the focus of one’s academic career at a research university and still be successful, and he remained a role model and personal friend throughout the years after I changed my focus from engineering science to education. In this talk I will share some stories about my personal journey (including something about that notorious stoichiometry textbook with my name on it) and what I believe about the present and future of chemical engineering education, with comments about Don’s influence on both the journey and the beliefs.


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