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Enhancing Freshman Learning Experience in Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) Through Applied Learning Experiences: Connecting the Dots

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2017 Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference


Penn State University - Berks Campus - Reading, Pennsylvania

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October 6, 2017

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October 6, 2017

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October 7, 2017

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Mid Atlantic Papers

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Gonca Altuger-Genc State University of New York, Farmingdale

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Dr. Gonca Altuger-Genc is an Assistant Professor at State University of New York - Farmingdale State College in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department. She is serving as the K-12 STEM Outreach Research and Training Coordinator at Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center at Farmingdale State College.
Her research interests are engineering education, self-directed lifelong learning, virtual laboratories, and decision-making framework development for design and manufacturing environments.

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Yue Hung Farmingdale State College

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Dr. Yue (Jeff) Hung obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering and M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University and his B.S. degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Farmingdale State College. Currently, he is an associate professor and a Co-Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department at Farmingdale State College. Dr. Hung has over 20 years of experience in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) applications. His areas of expertise also include Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Number Control (CNC) machining, new product development, and fuel cell technology. He was instrumental to the development of hundreds of new inventions and intellectual properties for many local industries and inventors.

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Daniel Weinman Farmingdale State College

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Mechanical Engineering Technology

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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.

Altuger-Genc, G., & Hung, Y., & Weinman, D. (2017, October), Enhancing Freshman Learning Experience in Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) Through Applied Learning Experiences: Connecting the Dots Paper presented at 2017 Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference, Penn State University - Berks Campus - Reading, Pennsylvania.

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