June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Developing real-life problem-based learning (PBL) activities through partnership with industry Abstract
Dynamics is taught as part of what the National Science Foundation describes as the engineering “core” – i.e., the middle two years of the four-year undergraduate experience. It is widely recognized that these years are critical to the technical formation of engineers; however, core courses also present a number educational challenges around knowledge transfer and integration. For example, many students find it difficult to recall relevant material from previously taken calculus and physics courses; while others lose interest due to the perceived lack of connection between fundamental engineering principles and “real-world” problems.
To address this challenge, this paper describes the development and implementation of real-life, industry-inspired, problem-based learning (PBL) activities for a sophomore dynamics class. The research team comprises the instructor of the dynamics course, two engineering education researchers, and an engineering manager at a local car part manufacturing plant. In collaboration with the industry partner, the team identified aspects of the manufacturing process that demonstrate core principles of engineering dynamics. These aspects were developed into three ill-structured problems, which were given to students to solve in the Spring of 2016. This paper describes: i) the process that was used to develop the problems, ii) the structure, implementation, and facilitation of the problems, iii) impacts on student learning, and iv) lessons learned. A second iteration is underway that takes into consideration lessons learned from the initial implementation. Ultimately, our goal is to build a portfolio of “real-world” problems that will be shared on a web portal; making the problems, and the process for developing the problems, widely accessible to engineering faculty and students.
Mativo, J. M., & Sochacka, N. W., & Youngblood, K. M., & Brouillard, D., & Walther, J. (2017, June), Developing Real-life Problem-based Learning (PBL) Activities through Partnership with Industry Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28148
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