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ENGR 5430: Teaching Engineering-Communications and Pedagogy

Course Description

The goal of this course is to formalize the practice of professional development skills related to “teaching” (i.e., communication and pedagogy) in settings typically encountered by graduate students in engineering utilizing the foundations of course design, and effective communication strategies.. Topics include: (i) Education Theory, (ii)Teaching Philosophy and Diversity in the classroom, (iii) Instruction Design, (iv) Learning Objectives, (v) Motivating others to learn; (vi) Assessments Basics and (vii) Developing an effective instructional strategy, including methods, modules and assessments to effectively execute instructional learning.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify effective education theories
  • Create an effective engineering teaching philosophy
  • Formulate goals and learning objectives for multidisciplinary engineering courses
  • Design assessments and evaluation rubrics
  • Create a motivational teaching practice to enhance student engagement
  • Examine current competencies communication and teaching
  • Create and execute a plan for facilitated learning and design a course from the basics that include:
    • Establishing course objective(s).
    • Motivating audience/students.
    • Effective teaching strategies including designing and planning modules.
    • Execute activities and course content.
    • Plan assessment for the course with real-life scientific problem solving.


Fayekah Assanah, Assistant Professor in Residence, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, UConn      


 Nusaybah Quasem, Program Assistant, Graduate Programs, School of Engineering 


Click below for the Spring 2022 Syllabus