March + April 2016

Off Campus Crusaders

Off-Campus Crusaders

A feisty breed of academics responds to crises, investigates disasters, and speaks truth to power through engineering. For Virginia Tech civil engineering professor Marc Edwards, last April’s call from a distraught parent in Flint, Michigan, was like déjà vu all over again. Just over a decade earlier, the expert on water-pipe corrosion uncovered hazardous levels of lead … [Read More...]

Take One for the Team

Take One for the Team

The best group projects may not represent the most learning. Individual assignments and scaffolding can help improve results. If comments on student forums are correct, many students dread group projects. They envision the worst teammates: someone doesn’t pull his or her weight; others butt heads; one person does all the work. Yet effective teamwork is […]

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