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Educational Research and Methods
A capstone design course requires senior-level students to apply knowledge gained from the core engineering courses, design and laboratory coursework in accomplishing a specific design task. It is the engineering educators’ hope that the capstone design sequence is facilitating the student’s transition from an academic to an industrial and real-life environment. A service-oriented learning design course in an engineering program should include ones that are providing students with opportunities for learning about important social, economic or environmental issues and reflections about their design experience in a community context. In service-oriented learning approach, the emphasis is on the development of projects, with innovative designs that met the technology needs of a particular community, organization or company, providing the students with meaningful learning experiences. Service learning projects can range from designing an environmental monitoring system for a local community, an efficient self-power street lighting, or a hybrid energy system for a rural community in a remote area or a developing country. In our paper we are discussing the inclusion of such projects in capstone courses. Capstone design courses require abilities for engineering students individually or collaboratively to apply classroom knowledge and skills to realistic design problems. Such abilities include problem definition capabilities, gathering and analyzing relevant information or data, project solution alternatives, choosing the optimum solution in the given explicit and implicit constraints, and effectively reporting and presenting the project results. Such abilities are also mandatory for point of view of the accreditation purposes. This paper presents the research and investigations on the service-oriented learning and education approach for our electrical engineering capstone design course with a focus on the projects that addresses modern energy technologies and sustainability issues.
Belu, R. G., & Cioca, L. I., & Lacy, F. (2020, June), A Service-oriented Learning Approach for the Electrical Engineering Capstone Design Course Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34047
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