The Mechanical Engineering Education Research Center at Purdue (MEERCat) is partnering with the Purdue Center for Instructional Excellence to develop and deliver a student-centered teaching and learning, interactive seminar series for faculty members in the School of Mechanical Engineering. This collaboration leverages a growth and development model to promote the use of active learning and evidence-based teaching practices in the classroom, with the aim of producing tangible improvements in overall teaching effectiveness and student engagement.

The Mechanical Engineering Active Learning Series (MEALS) consists of ten, one-hour long lunch seminars organized on the first Tuesday of the month during the 2018-2019 academic year. MEERCat Executive Director Ed Berger shares his hope that MEALS will create an effective community of practice and lay a sound foundation for in-classroom growth and holistic teaching assessments. The free lunch doesn’t sound too bad, either!