Happy Hours Are a Godsend

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date



College of Engineering


Department of Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Krishna Pakala


Office hours that happen in a virtual environment are called virtual office hours. A virtual environment can provide students and faculty with more flexibility in meeting times and locations, content delivery, and types of interaction. This type of student-faculty interaction can be easily hosted from a faculty computer/mobile device/tablet. With an invitation, students can login to the online session and join their instructor and peers in a virtual space. Using mobile technologies, students can join virtual office hours from a variety of locations including, the library, outdoors, on the commute ride home, while caring for children, eating dinner, and even while grocery shopping. Virtual office hours allow for more flexibility of student-faculty interaction. They are an alternative to traditional office hours. This type of student-faculty interaction helps increase students’ trust in their teacher’s care of their learning. This presentation describes the design and implementation of virtual office hours for courses in the thermal-fluid sciences (Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer). It also reports on students’ learning experiences.

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