In 2018, I was asked to share an innovative assignment as part of Kettering University's Principles of Effective Teaching (PoET) lecture series. In this talk, I describe an assignment where I have students share a real-life application of something they learned in the course with their peers.
Control systems courses are often highly theoretical and focused on mathematical derivations. Some students express difficulty connecting the theories to practice due to this emphasis. By the time a student reaches their senior year at Kettering University, they have inevitably encountered a control system in their daily lives (e.g. kitchen appliance, automobile, house HVAC system) or at their co-op job. This talk presented ways to encourage connections between in-class theoretical content and real-world examples and how these connections promote learning and retention of course content.