Strategies for Teaching Technology through Telepresence for STEM Workforce Preparation

THURSDAY, September 23, 2021

This seminar included  Normandale’s Vacuum and Thin Film Technology faculty Nancy Louwagie, Director, Engineering Technology Programs, and Tom Johnson, Vacuum Technology Adjunct Instructor, sharing information about effective pedagogy through telepresence. They provided an overview of the technical process and then demonstrated their virtual classroom lab training experience. Finally, they shared some best practices to address industry enrollment and pedagogy challenges for successful telepresence training. The event ended with time for Q&A along with a conversation with presenters.

Featured Speakers

Nancy Louwagie & Tom Johnson

Nancy Louwagie is Chair of the Engineering Technology Programs Department at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a master’s degree also in Electrical Engineering. She worked in test and quality engineering positions at Honeywell, Angeion, and Boston Scientific in the Twin Cities. At Normandale, she has taught the Quality Practices and Measurement and Introduction to Vacuum Technology courses. She currently serves as the Principal Investigator and the co-Principal Investigator respectively for Normandale’s National Science Foundation, Advanced Technological Education DUE #1700624 and #2000454 grant project awards.  

Tom Johnson, is an Adjunct Instructor in the Vacuum Technology department at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics. He has spent most of his 30+ career in the design, manufacture, and sales of process instrumentation. He currently owns a manufacturer’s rep agency, Engineered Sales Co., which distributes process instrumentation, valves, and controls to a wide variety of industrial applications.

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