San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.62.1 - 25.62.13
A Manufacturing Curriculum using a Student-driven Pedagogyof Integrated, Reinforced, Active Learning (SPIRAL) ApproachAbstractEngineering is continuously evolving with increasing complex systems. The complexity of thesesystems requires a wider breadth of material to be covered which makes it more difﬁcult to pro-vide high quality education. Also, while student numbers are vastly increasing, faculty, staff,and resources are dwindling. The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University ofUtah had been focusing on a new curriculum which covers multiple engineering disciplines, de-sign techniques, methodologies, and knowledge of skills in professional practice. Formally, thisis known as the Student-driven Pedagogy of Integrated, Reinforced, Active Learning (SPIRAL)approach. Manufacturing has been an incredibly important part of mechanical engineering sinceits conception. This paper describes teaching manufacturing using the SPIRAL approach. Usingthis approach will give students more manufacturing experience, which will lead to quicker andbetter conceptualized designs. Because manufacturing will be taught throughout a student’s career,rather than in one solid segment, this will also help ensure that students are constantly remindedof manufacturing safety concerns. To help counter the problem of dwindling resources, the manu-facturing SPIRAL approach will use carefully designed supplemental materials including a seriesof teaching videos and certiﬁcation exams. The students must pass both a written and in-personpractical exam to use university manufacturing equipment. The approach will also allow facultyand staff to better monitor students to ensure safe and efﬁcient working environments.
Vogt, A. P., & Bamberg, S., & Mascaro, D. J. (2012, June), A Manufacturing Curriculum Using a Student-driven Pedagogy of Integrated, Reinforced, Active Learning (SPIRAL) Approach Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20822
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