Teaching engineering online is a uniquely challenging task. Conceptually difficult knowledge, hands-on experience, problem-solving and teamwork are at the core of many engineering courses and when taught remotely, require careful planning. Dr. Wertz talks to us about her practical and theoretical experience in online engineering education. She discusses topics of social bonding, team’s cohesion, assessment approaches, and generally, what is important to remember when designing (or redesigning) an engineering course for online instruction.
Dr. Wertz is an Assistant Professor of General Engineering at Valparaiso University, located in Valparaiso Indiana. She has earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Trine University, a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education also from Purdue University. Dr. Wertz teaches courses in First-Year Engineering and Statics. Her research interests include K-8 engineering outreach, spatial skill development, theories of teaching and learning, and online engineering education.