September 30, 2013
A Tiny Engineering College Shakes Up Teaching
Kelvin Ma for The Chronicle
Enter many engineering classes today, and they look much as they have for generations: Students sit in a big lecture hall and submit problem sets with clear right or wrong answers.
But at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, students cluster around tables and collaborate on projects from the first day of class. They trade ideas, which they write on sticky notes and then slap on posters as they work on complex, real-world problems.