Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories
Adebanjo Oriade has contributed to the curricular redesign of an undergraduate physical science course for non-science majors, SCEN 101. Under Dr. Oriade’s guidance, the high- and low-tech learning experience of SCEN 101 students is enriched with dynamic group interactions that augment student skills in prediction, data acquisition and analysis, and scientific communication through regular electronic poster conferences. Professor Oriade utilizes his background in computational condensed matter physics to engage in the challenge of designing, implementing, and assessing learning tools for science educational purposes. Much like moments in simulations of nanomagnetic films in his research, tools for student-centered learning present challenges in the spatial, temporal, and competing energies/objectives dimensions of implementation. These tools include project-specific rubrics that serve the needs of both students and graduate teaching assistants, design of group tasks, micro-experiment PBL, and development of ten new laboratory exercises grounded in the 5Es instructional model. He has also, in collaboration with others in the Dupont Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories, developed and implemented Origami Science FabLab/Makerspace (SCEN 115). This unique course is designed for non-science majors and employs Origami and paper sculpture manipulatives that enhance the active learning process of concepts rooted in science, art, and mathematics.