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Take control of your grading and your curriculum – What do your students NEED to be able to do to be successful, in the rest of this course, in the next course, professionally? Your best students will master all outcomes of your course in either model, but what do your C students take from the course? If you would rather have your C students achieve A-level work on 5 outcomes rather than C-level work on 12, Mastery-Based Learning (MBL) may be perfect for your course. In our MBL courses we see students taking ownership of their learning far beyond traditional courses: they understand what they know and what they need to work on, and they learn how to master skills. Join Drs. Sara Atwood and Kurt DeGoede for their presentation that will allow you to explore the possibilities of transitioning a course to MBL.

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Guest Speaker Bios

Sara Atwood headshotSara Atwood joined Elizabethtown College as an Assistant Professor of Engineering in 2010, where she subsequently became Chair of the Engineering Department and was named the first Dean of the newly formed School of Engineering, Math, and Computer Science in June 2020. She earned her B.A. and M.S. in Engineering Science at Dartmouth College and her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. Atwood is passionate about engineering education at teaching-focused institutions, integrating engineering and the liberal arts, and engaging students from historically excluded identities in engineering. She has been recently recognized as a thought-leader in mastery-based engineering pedagogy, co-authoring a book chapter in the Mechanical Engineering Education Handbook and giving workshops at a variety of institutions and conferences. Atwood has been highly engaged in the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) throughout her career and is the recipient of the Mara Washburn Early Engineering Educator Grant from the Women in Engineering Division as well as co-authoring the Best Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Paper in 2018. Atwood serves as an ABET program evaluator, has published in the Journal of Engineering Education, and has received over $2 million in engineering education funding from the NSF. In her “other life” she is mom to 3-year-old Tessa and can be found on the playground and watching toddler ballet lessons.

Dr. Kurt DeGoede headshotDr. Kurt DeGoede completed a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan after earning a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Hope College, and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Between degrees, he worked as a project manager at Ford Motor Company.  He has focused his research on multidisciplinary biomechanics projects, collaborating with local physicians, faculty, and students in Occupational Therapy and Athletics. He teaches across the curriculum from 1st-semester students in all disciplines of engineering to 4th-year students in Mechanical engineering, using an active/coaching style in the classroom. He has published numerous papers on engineering teaching pedagogy, including award-winning techniques in mastery-based assessments. Dr. DeGoede also developed a study abroad program in West Africa built around collaborative social enterprise projects. Word on the street is that he escapes from faculty meetings by literally running off to cross country/track practices, bicycles to campus in ill-advised conditions, and hacks away on the tenor sax with the college jazz band.