Brian Self and Jim Widmann to Present During Live Broadcast

Mechanical Engineering Department Chair Jim Widmann and Professor Brian Self will present “Inquiry-Based Learning: Hands-On Activities in Mechanics” during an upcoming live webcast presented by the Department of Research.

Jim Widmann
Brian Self

“Inquiry-Based Learning” 
April 15th, 2020

Presentation: 10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. 
(Lobby opens 10 minutes prior to live session) 

Presented by the Department of Research 


  • Examples of inquiry-based learning (IBL) in several STEM disciplines including math, physics, chemistry and engineering
  • Exemplars of IBL in the CSU
  • Representative activities in math, mechanics, energy and social justice
  • Engaging STEM faculty and teachers in IBL


Stan Yoshinobu and Topaz Wiscons, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Sacramento State, Math and IBL: Some Examples from CSU Campuses

Erik Helgren, Cal State East Bay, The Solar Suitcase Class – A Sustainability and Social Justice Motivated Inquiry Based Learning Class

Marina Shapiro, CSU Bakersfield, California Challenges in STEM Energy Education.

Brian Self and Jim Widmann, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Inquiry-Based Learning: Hands-On Activities in Mechanics

Michele Korb and Julia Olkin, Cal State East Bay, Inquiry-Based Learning: Engaging STEM Faculty in the Teacher Preparation Pathway

Edward Price, CSU San Marcos, A Guided Inquiry, Physical Science Curriculum for Future Elementary Teachers


Register via this link by April 8. When registering, you will need to provide: 

1.     Full name 

2.     Title and Department 

3.     Campus 

4.     Email address 

5.     Whether you will be viewing alone at your computer or in a group 

6.     Any additional topics and questions your campus would like addressed 


You will receive an email from Monica Alarcon by April 9 confirming your registration and the webcast link.  


Simply login and stream the audio via your computer speakers. Communicate with the host & presenters by typing into the on-screen Chat Pods.  


1.     Please be sure your computer is webcast ready by clicking this test link

2.     Download the Adobe Connect add-in for your PC or Mac by clicking this link

3.     Update your Flash Player – then restart your browser, and join the webcast link again. 


Contact Jennifer Wicks, Executive Producer, Learning & Development at (562) 951-4525 or Feel free to contact Jennifer to pre-test, making sure your computer is webcast ready, 2 days prior to the live webcast.  

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