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Motivational Techniques for Interactive Classes: What Works


The seminar provides an overview of techniques used by an engineering professor who has been teaching at the University of South Carolina for the last 27 years. Some of the topics covered in the seminar include: how to rouse the students’ curiosity and interest in the subject matter and how to engage the students in the classroom so that most of the learning will take place in the classroom.

About the Facilitator

T.S. Sudarshan, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada, is the Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Information Technology. His research group in the Silicon Carbide Research Lab emphasizes novel techniques of growth of silicon carbide (SiC) bulk and epitaxial films and device/defect correlations. In the Spring of 2006, Prof. Sudarshan was awarded the Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year Award, USC's highest award for teaching excellence, and in the Winter of 2006, he was presented the Governor's Distinguished Professor Award by the Commission on Higher Education. He is a Carolina Distinguished Professor and has held that appointment since 1986.


"I enjoy learning from master teachers like Dr. Sudarshan. This is an inspiring workshop." – School of Music

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