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A Context-centered Visual Tool for the Design of Engineering Education Solutions

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Design Pedagogy 2

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Design in Engineering Education

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Imane Aboutajedyne Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez (Morocco) Orcid 16x16

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Imane Aboutajedyne is a Ph.D. researcher in Engineering Education at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of Fez, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Morocco. Her current research focuses on the development of an innovative design approach to engineering education.

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Yassine Salih Alj Al Akhawayn University

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Yassine Salih Alj received the Bachelor’s degree in microelectronics from the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in 2001, and the Master’s degree in electrical engineering from the École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in 2003, and the Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications from the National Institute of Scientific Research – Energy, Materials & Telecommunications (INRS-Telecom), Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in 2008. He served as a research assistant at the Telebec Underground Communications Research Laboratory (LRTCS) from 2005 to 2008, and then during 2009 as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Poly-Grames Research Center, of the École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is currently working as a permanent faculty member at the School of Science and Engineering (SSE) of Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI), Morocco. He has published over 50 publications and has been actively involved in IEEE events for the past five years, where he chaired and served as Technical Program Member or as distinguished reviewer for over 100 conferences. His research interests are in the areas of Wireless Communications, Indoor Positioning, UWB (Ultra-Wideband), Digital System Implementation, GPS (Global Positioning System) and Engineering Education.

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Ahmed Aboutajeddine Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez (Morocco).

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Aboutajeddine Ahmed is a professor of mechanical engineering at the faculty of science and technology, Fes, Morocco. He is involved in many projects for improving engineering education in Morocco. He holds a PhD from the University of Sherbrooke, Canada.

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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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