June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Electrical and Computer
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Integrating Adapted Physical Activity Projects into a Computer Engineering Capstone ClassAbstractThe capstone design class is the culmination and synthesis of a student’s undergraduateexperience. It plays a key role in many institutions’ accreditation processes and its importancecannot be understated. In the class, topics such as universal design, user-centered design, needsanalysis, requirements specification, validation, teamwork, and communication skills arecommon across disciplines and across universities. Projects may be devised by a collective groupof faculty, sponsored by industry, extend from research projects, or, in the case of service-learning, may serve the needs of non-profit community partners. Though the project genres vary,the intended learning outcomes drive the student experience. The computer Engineering programat _____ University has a two quarter capstone design class that guides students through thedesign process to address open-ended problems for real-world clients. A significant percentageof these projects are for the design of assistive devices for people with disabilities to participatein recreational activity. The end-users of these devices are given opportunities to exercise andexperience greater independence through the devices designed by students in the class. Thispaper presents the design of the capstone class and the intent behind the in-class activities andout-of-class assignments that guide students through the design process. It also presents acomparative analysis of student learning for two project genres (service-learning andindustry/research-based projects) through written reflections, surveys of attitudes toward peoplewith disabilities, and focus groups that show the positive impact service-learning projects haveon student learning in design.
Slivovsky, L. A., & Widmann, J. M., & Self, B. P., & Taylor, J. (2011, June), Integrating Adapted Physical Activity Projects into a Computer Engineering Capstone Class Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18210
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