National Institute of Technology, Kurume CollegePosition –
In science and engineering education, many student experiments are conducted to confirm laws and learning techniques. However, because of this, student experiments have a "passive" character for students.
Students are evaluated based on the results of their reports, but the ``systematic guidance of lab notebooks'', which is the basis of their reports, is often not implemented.
However, it is important from the point of view of the "recording and thinking tool" that students write notes on the spot during experiments. Until now, we have been aiming to cultivate literacy accompanied by logical thinking and problem awareness through notebook instruction.
In other words, we have tried to convert student experiments, which have a passive character, into an active character through laboratory notebook guidance, and have presented the results several times.
Therefore, this time, we made the following two new attempts in the electrical and electronic experiment subjects for senior students of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
In other words, 1) The use of a preliminary study sheet on experiment content and safety, and 2) A remote experiment attempt to respond to the Covid-19 disaster.
In 1), before the experiment, the students consider the contents described below and write them down on the sheet. That is, "specifically, possible troubles (especially safety) that may occur in experiments and how to deal with those troubles" and "matters to be noted when conducting experiments and countermeasures against them, etc."
Each student then brings the completed sheet to the experimental team. Then, based on each other's sheets, the experiment team members complete the "experiment content and safety preliminary review sheet" as a team. During the experiment, the students will post this sheet and share information.
Through this trial, we will develop the ability to perceive and consider various possibilities in advance and respond to them.
Regarding 2), the student experiment team will be divided into two groups, one of which will experiment, and the other will remotely instruct the experiment and analyze the data. The two groups will use the remote tool "Microsoft teams". This will ensure as much social distancing as possible. At the same time, we aim to cultivate accurate communication skills, such as conveying one's thoughts to others, which is considered necessary for various tasks such as remote work, which is expected to increase in the future.