Get Started with Strategy-Based Instruction Series: What’s the Best Way to Teach?

Posted by Cassie Wright on Apr 9, 2019 2:23:00 PM

In the first two parts of our strategy-based instruction blog series, we explained the basis of this teaching method and explored how to verify the job skills that students need before entering the workforce.  

Once you’ve determined what skills and behaviors your students need to learn based on what employers need, it’s time to figure out the best way to teach them. This is where both new and experienced instructors encounter a common problem. How do you cover all the material students should learn with limited time and resources? 

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Topics: Student Engagement, Curriculum, Instructors, Strategy-Based Instruction

Get Started with Strategy-Based Instruction Series: What Skills Do Students Need?

Posted by Cassie Wright on Mar 27, 2019 2:17:00 PM

In part one of the strategy-based instruction series, we talked about the basics of this technique. We also noted how, when it comes to education, the employer is the customer, not the student. Once this is understood, there is a simple way of tackling the first step of strategy-based instruction: verifying the job skill. 

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Topics: Curriculum, Strategy-Based Instruction

Strategy-Based Instruction: Getting Started

Posted by Cassie Wright on Mar 11, 2019 2:48:00 PM

When did you first become an automotive or diesel instructor?

If you’re like many other instructors in the field, you probably spent time as a technician before turning to education and, like any good instructor, did your best to improve your teaching skills. Between a variety of instructor guides to professional development workshops, it can seem like there’s a lot to figure out. But instead of trying to learn all kinds of new processes and terms when it comes to teaching, it can often be just as effective to work with what you already know. 

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Topics: Curriculum, Instructors, Strategy-Based Instruction

Supporting Automotive Education: 7 Organizations You Should Know About

Posted by Cassie Wright on Feb 25, 2019 12:28:29 PM

When it comes to supporting automotive programs, students, and instructors, it’s easy enough to think of large foundations, such as the ASE Family of Organizations. But there are many more organizations with the goal of providing support, scholarships, training, and other resources in the hopes of engaging youth and providing the necessary tools to help the automotive industry address skills gaps and technician shortages. 

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Topics: Curriculum, Funding

What’s the Best Way to Teach Your Students About Electricity?

Posted by Kirk VanGelder on Feb 11, 2019 2:18:00 PM

Most people know that manufacturers are continuously incorporating more technology and electronics in new vehicles. As a result, there is a need for higher level electrical and electronics training. 

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Topics: Student Engagement, Curriculum

Automotive Technology: A Physics Lab on Wheels

Posted by Kirk VanGelder on Jan 14, 2019 4:53:00 PM

In this day and age, students with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) knowledge and experience are sought after by a growing number of employers, but these subjects often are seen as  fit for only top academic students. Meanwhile, automotive technology classes are ignored or seen as less important.

Maybe it’s time to challenge that view. 

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Topics: Fundamentals of Automotive Technology ONLINE, Curriculum

How Do You Know When it’s Time to Refresh Your Curriculum?

Posted by Cassie Wright on Dec 31, 2018 2:06:00 PM


No matter how many bright students, wonderful instructors, and useful resources an automotive classroom has, there’s one thing that can make the learning process more—or less—difficult: curriculum.

Curriculum, which is comprised of the learning objectives, lessons, materials, assignments, and assessments used to teach a course, is the last thing you want to work against your students’ success. In fact, studies show that better curriculum—and textbooks—can improve student achievement.

But how do you know if your current curriculum is the problem?


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Topics: Curriculum, Technology

How to Train Top Service Advisors

Posted by Cassie Wright on Dec 17, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Service advisors have a unique role as both the face of an automotive shop and the link between customers and technicians. Therefore, it makes sense that classroom training for service advisors should have a good balance between customer focused skills and automotive knowledge.

Instructors play an important role in providing this kind of targeted training. But aside from starting with a good foundation of knowledge, how can you instill the kinds of skills that help service advisors thrive in the classroom and on the job? 

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Topics: Student Engagement, Curriculum, Instructors

Tips for Testing and Maintaining Coolant Before the Winter Weather Hits

Posted by Joseph Wagner on Dec 10, 2018 11:00:00 AM

As the days get shorter and the temperature gets colder, it’s becoming even more important to talk about vehicle system care.

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Topics: Curriculum

Instructor Spotlight - Dane Tom

Posted by Amanda Banner on Dec 6, 2018 1:28:00 PM

Dane Tom has used CDX since 2001. He teaches at Roy High School in South Roy, Utah, where he uses Fundamentals of Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Online. 

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Topics: Fundamentals of Automotive Technology ONLINE, Curriculum