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Blended Design and Project Based Learning: a future for engineering education
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Monday, December 7 • 11:05am - 11:20am
| 1B | Engaging First Year Engineering Design Students with 3D Printers - A Pilot Trial and Evaluation

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Design and the application of the design process is a fundamental learning objective that all engineering students must demonstrate during their undergraduate engineering education. Engineers Australia’s Stage 1 Competency Standards make explicit mention of design and the design process in two of the sixteen mandatory ‘Elements of Competency’ (Items 1.5 & 2.3). 

At Flinders University engineering students are taught and exposed to design during every year of their undergraduate education. ‘ENGR1711 Engineering Design’ is part of the common first year and introduces students to an engineering design process coupled with hand drawing/Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) laboratories and a semester long group Design Challenge. The topic is structured such that theoretical learning is coupled with active, assessed tutorials that complement the material required for the Challenge. Student groups are encouraged to prototype their solution to a given design problem as part of the Challenge. 

In 2013 a Flinders University ‘Embedding Transition Pedagogy Principles Across the First Year Curriculum’ internal competitive grants program was initiated, offering $4000 to topic coordinators who could demonstrate how one or more of the six curriculum principles could be embedded into their first year topic. The Topic Coordinator and lead author was successful in securing a grant to purchase a 3D printer and to develop educational resources (a 3D Printing Handbook and a 50-minute lecture) to support its use, to target the principles of ‘transition’, ‘curriculum design’ and ‘engagement’. The 3D printer and accompanying resources were used in Semester 1 of 2014 for the first time.


Monday December 7, 2015 11:05am - 11:20am
Winkipop Room RACV Torquay map C4

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