June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Design in Engineering Education
26.335.1 - 26.335.15
CDHub 2.0: Laying the Foundation for an Online Repository for Capstone DesignThe Capstone Design Conferences (2007, 2010, 2012, 2014) have provided a rich, interactivesetting for the capstone design community (faculty, administrators, industry representatives,students) to disseminate effective practices, share success and challenges, and network. Oneoutcome of the 2010 conference was recognition of the need to build an online presence for thecapstone community to support connections, conversations, and curriculum. Following thatconference, with funding from the Engineering Information Foundation, a group of capstoneeducators developed an initial Capstone Design Hub (CDHub 1.0) to test the hub concept withincapstone design. This pilot hub focused on communication (per the requirements of the fundingagency) and included resources and strategies related to capstone design communication such asproject definition, project management, and intellectual property. The hub developers held aworkshop at the 2012 Capstone Design Conference; the 60 attendees were overwhelminglysupportive of the hub concept and offered numerous suggestions to expand the hub to provideadditional value. These suggestions collectively pointed to the need for a broader framework toenable continued growth beyond the communications focus.With support from a small NSF grant, a new team of capstone educators is pursuing CDHub 2.0,the next iteration of the capstone design hub platform. Unlike its predecessor, CDHub 2.0 isbeing developed explicitly as a foundation for long-term hub evolution. The CDHub 2.0 teamcollected input from attendees at the 2014 Capstone Design Conference using an InnovationCanvas template and analyzed the data to extract an overarching framework and governingdesign requirements for CDHub 2.0. The team identified initial focus areas within theframework and selected resources to contribute. A key value-add for CDHub 2.0 is thedevelopment of resource-specific metadata to enable easy search and cataloguing. Feedbackfrom the capstone design community will inform modifications for CDHub 2.0 and directions forfuture growth.This paper reports on the process to develop CDHub2.0, including collecting stakeholder needs,developing design requirements, characterizing and framing the hub foundation, identifyinginitial topics, preparing resource-specific metadata, populating and troubleshooting the hub, andsoliciting feedback from the capstone design community. The ultimate goal of the overallCDHub initiative is to support and grow a robust online resource for the capstone designcommunity that promotes shared practices and collective discussion, while remaining adaptive tothe changing needs of the capstone design community. CDHub 2.0 is the next step toward thatrealization.
Howe, S., & Poulos, S. L., & Stanfill, R. K. (2015, June), CDHub 2.0: Laying the Foundation for an Online Repository for Capstone Design Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23674
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