POCATELLO – Since students in his Automotive Live-Work class can’t come to the Idaho State University College of Technology Automotive Shop, ISU Automotive Technology Instructor Brock Gunter brings the workshop to its students – virtually.
Gunter got creative by teaching what is usually a “hands-on” class virtually online, streaming lessons on Zoom, using a GoPro camera to teach lessons, and presenting his students with interactive online programs.
When there is no coronavirus pandemic, the Automotive Live-Work course in the Automotive Technology Program at the College of Technology is an eight-credit, six-hour-a-day, comprehensive course where future graduates have the opportunity to work. directly on the cars. But in April 2020, that’s just not possible.
“Usually, students are just in the store all day working on customers’ vehicles,” Gunter said. “It has been very difficult for my students because they are at the point where they put together everything they have learned to do to go to the workshop and work-live on cars. It’s hard to make this transition when they don’t have practical experience.
One of the methods he uses is to film the repair work he does with a GoPro camera and then embed that video into a PowerPoint presentation that he presents to students virtually using the Zoom app. .
“Using the GoPro I film while working on vehicles going through the whole diagnostic and repair process, and I also do the paperwork,” Gunter said.
This week, Gunter is creating a lesson on replacing an engine, an 8-10 hour job. It’ll film the whole process, and then using time-lapse shooting and editing, it’ll cut the job down to a 10-15 minute video. The video can be stopped for question-and-answer sessions.
“Brock goes above and beyond by showing the cars and showing the problem,” said Trapper Miles, a student in the Blackfoot program. “It is as close as possible to the practice. ”
Miles said he enjoys the interactive aspect of the virtual classroom.
“You can talk to him and ask him as many questions as you want, while still being in the safety of your controlled environment,” Miles said. “Brock goes above and beyond to make sure we understand a lesson as well as if we were in a class next to him.”
Gunter also asks his students to use e-learning books and online courses.
“In the automotive world, there are all kinds of e-learning books,” he said. “One of the ones I use is Electude, an online learning platform with over 1,000 interactive lessons. Best thing for my class is the diagnostic simulator where students have to choose a tool from their virtual toolbox and use it. It’s good enough to diagnose care without having any practical work available.
Gunter said it was a challenge to prepare for class. His prep work includes creating PowerPoint presentations containing his instructional videos, then an interactive Zoom meeting with his students where he asks them what they would do in specific situations.
Changing a practical classroom to a virtual classroom was also a challenge for its students.
“I would say it was even a little harder for my students,” Gunter said. “They look forward to this class – it’s usually the favorite part of the program where they work all day and don’t listen to a lecture. I do my best to simulate online what we usually do in stores.
Her students have expressed appreciation for her efforts.
“I think it’s a great experience even though it’s very different,” said Miles. “Brock made it interesting and that’s also something to look forward to.”