Penn State University - Berks Campus - Reading, Pennsylvania
October 6, 2017
October 6, 2017
October 7, 2017
Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference
Engineering design is an integral part of the freshman learning experience in mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering technology programs. Not only it is important to teach students the concept of design, it is also important for them to be able to “connect the dots”; by being able to apply tools, skills, and knowledge they gained, in design projects as well as in other engineering courses. A great way to achieve this goal is through applied learning experiences. Applied learning is an instructional approach that includes various methods of teaching such as: project-based learning, hands-on learning, experience-based learning, service-learning, etc. In an effort to provide freshman engineering technology students an applied learning experience, two innovative approaches have been developed and implemented to the freshman level Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) course. The first approach is the incorporation of hands-on exercises that follow Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy. The second approach is the development of a learning community where it is built focusing on the Computer Aided Drafting and Design and Manufacturing Processes courses. This paper provides an overview of the two approaches including their objectives, exercises, projects, and future plans. The design and development of the exercises and projects will be discussed in detail.
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