July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Design in Engineering Education
In a rapidly changing world, it is crucial to empower engineering students with 21st-century skills. This can be achieved by the design of effective educational solutions that equip students with these sought-after skills. However, since the delivery of education cannot be isolated from the environment in which it takes place, the design of effective solutions might be influenced by diverse factors related to the context of students, instructors, and the institution as a whole. Therefore, engineering educators have to consider global contexts to ensure the development of educational solutions with the seed of a successful implementation. Still, the tools used in instructional design often fall short of capturing the limitations, perspectives, and contexts of students and the institution. In addition, existing context analysis tools do not include the alignment of context elements with the intended learning outcomes, teaching/learning activities, and assessment tasks. Therefore, new context-centered tools are needed to enable educators to have a broad vision about influencing elements and facilitate the alignment of instructional solutions to critical context factors. In this regard, a visual design tool was developed to help educators create effective educational solutions that are aligned with the student environment and the institution's context. The proposed canvas builds on conceptual frameworks in education and user research principles of human-centered design and merges them with themes from the environmental analysis to define the elements of the broader context in which education is designed. This visual representation helps in generating and juxtaposing key educational influencing elements that can guide the ideation of effective solutions. Moreover, this visual tool enables taking into account contexts of different categories of students and, thereby, helps design inclusive learning concepts that will contribute to the emergence of a more diverse skilled engineering workforce.
Aboutajedyne, I., & Alj, Y. S., & Aboutajeddine, A. (2021, July), A Context-centered Visual Tool for the Design of Engineering Education Solutions Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36570
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