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Engineering Design Education In A Hybrid Way: Combining Face To Face Instruction With E Learning Collaboration

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education

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9.541.1 - 9.541.17



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Toshiyuki Yamamoto

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Kazuya Takemata

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Masakatsu Matsuishi

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Session 1793

Engineering Design Education in a Hybrid Way, Combining Face-to-Face Instruction with e-Learning Collaboration - Incorporating e-Learning Collaboration to Break the Cultural Barrier in Students’ Work Dynamics -

Masakatsu Matsuishi, Dr. Eng., Kazuya Takemata, Dr. Eng., Toshiyuki Yamamoto, Ph.D.

Division of Engineering Design Kanazawa Institute of Technology ISHIKAWA 921-8501 JPN


This paper presents one of many effective ways to overcome instructional issues while conducting Project-based Learning in Engineering Design courses targeting lower classmen in engineering institutions in Japan.

The Kanazawa Institute of Technology (henceforth, KIT) is a pioneering university that began Engineering Design Education in 1996. Engineering Design courses are characterized by project-based learning in groups. A group, consisting of 5 students, chooses an engineering topic relating to daily life, defines its domain, and solves its problems that may have multiple solutions.

Although project-based group learning is an important instructional concept, students have not experienced any type of project-based group learning in their pre-college education. In order for students to become used to such courses, our courses are based mainly on face-to-face in-class instruction, activities, and outside-class group exercises to conduct projects. About 60 teaching staff members are in charge of 1,800 freshmen. The decision for conducting the courses in such a manner was heavily due to the fact that most Japanese students are introverted in nature. The following areas of needed growth have been observed by the instructors:

(i) Discussions in groups cannot be conducted effectively in the classroom due to the introverted nature of students.

(ii) Students tend to spend more time outside the class than the instructor expects. Since most students cannot clearly define needed roles for a project, assign responsibilities to those

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Yamamoto, T., & Takemata, K., & Matsuishi, M. (2004, June), Engineering Design Education In A Hybrid Way: Combining Face To Face Instruction With E Learning Collaboration Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--14024

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