Engineering Mechanics Learning Center
Purpose: To help students develop the learning skills needed to succeed in the fundamental engineering mechanics courses. Will we be having in-person and online hours this semester. The EMLC is in ROB 317 and the online portion is hosted on the Microsoft Teams platform. Instructions to join the EMLC on Teams are given below.
Hours: Roberts 317 will be open at a minimum Mondays from 12-4:30, Tuesday-Thursday 10-6, and Friday 10-5; however, if your class TA is not the TA on staff your needs may not be adequately met.
Fall 2021 class specific hours are listed below.
Please use the EMLC. TAs are checking in and students are encouraged to use it to work together.
- EGEN 201: Mon 10:00-1:00 & 2:00-5:00 (Rob 317), Tues 10:30-12:15 & 1:00-6:00 (Rob 317), Wed 10:00-1:00 & 2:00-6:00 (Rob 317) 5:00-6:00 (Teams), Thurs 10:00-6:00 (Rob 317) 10:00-12:00 (Teams), Fri 11:00-5:00 (Rob 317)
- EGEN 202: Mon 1-3 (Teams), Tues 11-3 (Teams) 3-6 (Rob 317), Wed 11-1 (Teams) 1-3 & 4:30-6 (Rob 317), Thurs 9-6 (Rob 317) 3-6 (Teams), Fri 10-3 (Rob 317)
*Fridays with an exam Teams 11:00-12:00
- EGEN 203: Mon 2:30-4:30 (Rob 317), Tues 4:30-6 (Teams), Wed 2:30-6 (Rob 317)
- EGEN 205: Mon 1-3 (Teams), Tues 12-5 (Rob 317), Wed 1-3 (Rob 317) & 6-8 (Teams), Thurs 1-3 (Teams)
- EGEN 208: Tues 2:30-4:30 (Teams), Wed 2-5 (Rob 317), Thurs 12:30-3:30 (Teams)
- EGEN 331: Mon 1-2:30 (Rob 317), Wed 12-2:30 (Rob 317), Thurs 10-12 & 3-5 (Teams), Fri 10:30-12 & 1-3 (Rob 317)
- EGEN 335: Mon 1-2:30 (Rob 317), Wed 12-2:30 (Rob 317), Thurs 10-12 & 3-5 (Teams), Fri 10:30-12 & 1-3 (Rob 317)
- EGEN 337: Mon 1-2:30 (Rob 317) 2-3 (Teams), Wed 12-1 & 2-3 (Teams), Thurs 10-12 & 3-5 (Teams) 12-3 (Rob 317), Fri 10:30-12 & 1-3 (Rob 317) 12-1 (Teams)
*Your course TA and professor will keep you updated on any schedule changes. Please let [email protected] know if you have suggestions/comments on individual class schedules.Using Teams:
All students have a Microsoft Teams account. You just need to sign into the EMLC team. Follow the instructions below.
Go to www.montana.edu and click 'Students' at the top left corner
Click the envelope icon.
Login with a username formatted as follows and Net ID Password: [email protected]
Click the '9-dot grid' menu button at the top left corner of the page, left of 'Outlook'.
Click on 'Teams'.
Click 'Join or Create Team' at the top right corner of the page.
Enter the following access code: o9g52mb
Once you’ve joined the team, navigate to the channel for your course on the left-hand side of the screen. You may have to “unhide channels” to see your course listed. Once you are in your course, in the conversation box, type a message and a tutor will reply.
“Hi, I’m Elizabeth. I’m working on an EGEN 201 HW assignment about shear and moment diagrams and I need some help.”
Tutors are monitoring the course channels and someone who is available will reply and likely ask you some follow-up questions. First, they will inquire whether you want to have a text conversation or if you would prefer a video call. We recognize people learn in different ways and have different preferences so you can expect the tutors to try to find out what works best for you.
If you choose to be in a video call with a tutor, they will write the topic you will be working on as the subject of the call. The reason for this is that other students, who might be working on the same thing, can pop into the video call just as they might sit at the same table as you in the physical EMLC. This enables us to help similar students with similar topics at one time. It also promotes students to engage with each other on the material. If you see an ongoing video call in the course, please don’t hesitate to join in! You can expect that tutors will need to engage with many students so they might say something like “You’re doing great! Keep working on the next one as I need to help someone else now and I’ll check back!”
If you are experiencing bandwidth issues, consider turning your video stream off if necessary. Sometimes, if you have connectivity issues, this might help.
Notifying a Person
You can use the @ symbol to notify someone. So, if you were being helped by someone specific and they left you for a minute to work on something while they engaged with someone else, you can @person to notify an individual to send a conversation directly to them. So for example @Murray,Flynn I finished that question, can you check back on me?
A channel’s name turns bold with new activity. Customize notifications by clicking on your icon (upper right) -> Settings -> Notifications on left hand menu
Please come prepared to invest your time and energy in fostering new and improved study skills relevant for your success. You can expect a tutor to ask you what you have already attempted. They might inquire where the material is in your notes. They might ask what your thoughts are on an initial direction for the problem. If you don’t have any initial thoughts about a problem, that is totally okay! Honestly, a lot of us don't know how to start these problems immediately. We must all read the problem a couple of times and think about what we've learned and how to address the problem in front of us. It's okay to not know exactly where to start. Your job is to think of some ideas about what could be a place to start. It's okay if ultimately, we need to go in a different direction. The tutor's job is to understand where you are so they can help guide you through the learning process by developing your critical thinking skills.
Learning can be a frustrating process. Our tutors are trained in helping you develop responsibility for your own learning so you can approach many engineering problems in the future--not just the one immediately in front of you. The purpose of the Engineering Mechanics Learning Center is to engage you in learning how to learn. There is a lot more to this process than providing single answers. For this reason, the tutors are will not “just check your answers”. If you want your assignment checked, it’d be best to talk to your instructor about that during office hours.
Please also remember that even though you will be in a virtual “EMLC Room,” all behavior and conduct should align with MSU student code of conduct.
Please contact [email protected] for questions or to give feedback about the Engineering Mechanics Learning Center. We want this to be a valuable resource for you so please let us know if you can think of ways we could provide better help for you.