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Incorporating Adult Learning Methods and Project Based Learning in Laboratory Metrology Courses



Georgia L. Harris


Measurement scientists work in calibration laboratories throughout the world. Yet, there are few university level courses available that cover the critical topics needed for performing and analyzing precision measurements – at the desired level. Many continuing education courses of this nature are taught by National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of precision measuring equipment and measurement standards. What often happens in the measurement community is that subject matter experts and scientists who best know about measurements are asked to teach courses and tutorials, but most do not have a background in educational models or adult education principles. Over the past 3 years, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Office of Weights and Measures (OWM) - has been providing train the trainer and adult education courses and opportunities to our subject matter experts to help them better analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate our technical training content. The goal has been to enable students to achieve a higher level of cognition on the Bloom’s Taxonomy scale (e.g., application versus knowledge). Highlights of the key resources that have been incorporated into the instructional design process are presented as potentially useful for the professional development of instructors this is particularly useful for instructors without a background in educational theories and models. Some highlights of instructional design concepts are covered in one section to provide value added for those who do not have formal training or education in educational concepts.
Proceedings Title
American Society for Engineering Education(ASEE)Annual Conference & Exposition
Conference Dates
June 24-26, 2013
Conference Location
Atlanta, GA


metrology training, metrology fundamentals, project based learning


Harris, G. (2013), Incorporating Adult Learning Methods and Project Based Learning in Laboratory Metrology Courses, American Society for Engineering Education(ASEE)Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, GA, [online], (Accessed June 18, 2024)


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Created June 15, 2013, Updated February 19, 2017