Center for Teaching and Learning

Advances in Higher Education Research Seminar

This seminar series highlights original research in college-level learning and instruction. Each seminar is multidisciplinary in scope and addresses the broad themes of our work as instructors, including the cognitive processes by which students learn, and the classroom context in which they do so.

All seminars are free and open to the public. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session and opportunities for discussion.

At home and hands-on: Leveraging the benefits of remote lab instruction

Tuesday, January 25, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., on Zoom

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many educators and students to dramatically change how they teach and learn, particularly in hands-on lab courses. In response, Professor Luna Yue Huang of Materials Science and Engineering redesigned a year-long senior undergraduate laboratory course — typically held in-person — to be delivered 100% remotely. Huang led a development team of teaching assistants and lab technicians to create more than 30 instructional videos, a robust suite of web resources, and a series of experiments that students could safely design and execute at home. With the return to in-person instruction this year, some unexpected benefits of remote course development have emerged, such as the opportunity to offer advanced laboratory and instrumentation experiences to students who usually do not have access to them.

In this talk, Huang will share how she now utilizes remote learning strategies to improve and supplement hands-on lab classes.

Dr. Luna Yue Huang

Dr. Luna Yue Huang

Luna Yue Huang earned a B.S in Materials Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering and Nanotechnology from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2006. After working as a professional engineer, project manager, and task force lead in the industry, she started to teach engineering courses at college level in 2014. Currently, she is an assistant teaching professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department of the University of Washington, Seattle. She is also the department’s industrial relationship coordinator and department’s director of the internship program. Her research focuses on data science and its application in materials informatics, and computational study of materials’ electronic structure. Classes she teaches include Data Science and Materials Informatics, Big Data of Materials Science, Integrated Undergraduate Laboratory, and Design in Materials Engineering.

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