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Blended Design and Project Based Learning: a future for engineering education
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Monday, December 7 • 3:50pm - 4:05pm
| 3B | A comparison of web and paper based approaches for idea generation

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Problem solving is one of the key skills engineers are required to have (Engineers Australia, 2011). Idea generation is a key step involved in the engineering problem solving process (Belski, 2002). Despite this, it has been reported that the engineering curricula of many institutions do not provide clear nor sufficient instruction on the process and techniques used during idea generation and consequently students do not do it well (Daly, Mosyjowski, & Seifert, 2014; Samuel & Jablokow, 2010).
Engineering students are known to be prolific users of digital technologies (Johri et al., 2014), but is not known to what extent students utilise electronic and paper based materials while studying. If students significantly utilise electronic based materials more than paper based materials, it may be viable to teach idea generation techniques via the use of web-based tools, potentially meaning these skills may be taught without utilisation of class time. If this approach is to be adopted, it is important to first determine that the quality of education would not decrease. In this case, choice of methodology is important.
It has been reported that the eight fields of MATCEMIB (Mechanical, Acoustic, Thermal, Chemical, Electric, Magnetic, Intermolecular, Biological), which are used as hints in the Substance-Field Analysis problem solving methodology, is an effective idea generation technique which can be quickly taught to students (Belski et al., 2014). It may therefore be appropriate to implement a version of Substance-Field Analysis as a web based tool to make it available for engineering students to utilise.


Monday December 7, 2015 3:50pm - 4:05pm
Winkipop Room RACV Torquay map C4

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