The Applied Engineering courses at Millersville involve a combination of classroom and laboratory work. You can learn more about the courses I have taught here.
To get the most out of both theory and practice, I have been incorporating technology to bring them together. More on these technologies is given here.
In general, there are two objectives I constantly balance: 1) promote academic rigor, 2) make learning as interesting and meaningful as possible. While never easy, achieving both is worth the effort. This approach is what led me to write the textbook, Materials and Manufacturing: An Introduction to How They Work and Why It Matters. I want to explore topics thoroughly enough to establish a good foundation but concisely enough to prevent being overwhelmed with details that do not sufficiently support the core purpose of the presentation. Of course, where that line is drawn depends on the audience!