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Design of Problem Solving Environments for Automated System Integration EducationResearch suggests that realistic practice using authentic learning environments leads to bettertransfer of skills. Based upon input from industry engineers with expertise in designing andbuilding automated systems, two problem solving environments have been developed. Onefocuses on discrete processes (such as assembly) and the other one is for continuous process(such as oil refining). Each PSE provides a virtual environment for building, testing, andvalidating designs for a process to be automated. The user is presented a toolbox containingequipment and building blocks of automation such as sensors and actuators. The PSE willsupport students in design problem-solving activities such as (1) reviewing the problem, (2)understanding the process to be automated, (3) line balancing, (4) layout, (5) simulation, and (6)cost analysis. The PSEs employ student modeling to provide adaptive support for students. Forexample, a new learner may require prompting to remember the steps in a process that need to beautomated. When the system determines that the learner is more skillful, it will gradually fadeprompting. The paper will describe the design of these environments and feedback from learners.
Hsieh, S., & Deotale, P. (2011, June), Design of Problem Solving Environment for Automated System Integration Education Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17716
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