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Integrating Design Heuristics into Your Classroom

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





Conference Session

Idea Generation and Creativity in Design

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Design in Engineering Education

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Keelin Siomha Leahy University of Limerick Orcid 16x16

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Keelin Leahy is a lecturer of Technology Education at the University of Limerick. Keelin received her PhD from the University of Limerick in 2009, which focused on Design approaches in second level education. Keelin's main research interests include approaches for the development of creativity and design based activities and pedagogy in second level education. Keelin lectures in the areas of Design for Teachers, 3D CAD Modelling, Wood Design and Technology, Wood Processing Practice and Safety.

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Seda Yilmaz Iowa State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Yilmaz is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design. She teaches design studios and lecture courses on developing creativity and research skills. Her current research focuses on identifying impacts of different factors on ideation of designers and engineers, developing instructional materials for design ideation, and foundations of innovation. She often conducts workshops on design thinking to a diverse range of groups including student and professional engineers and faculty member from different universities. She received her PhD degree in Design Science in 2010 from University of Michigan. She is also a faculty in Human Computer Interaction Graduate Program and the ISU Site Director for Center for e-Design.

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Colleen M. Seifert University of Michigan

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Colleen M. Seifert is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan, where she has taught since 1988. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and psychology at Yale University. She was an ASEE postdoctoral fellow at the University of California – San Diego and the Navy Personnel Research Development Center. Her research interests center on learning, memory, and creativity.

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Shanna R. Daly University of Michigan Orcid 16x16

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Shanna Daly is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. She has a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton (2003) and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University (2008). Her research focuses on strategies for design innovations through divergent and convergent thinking as well as through deep needs and community assessments using design ethnography, and translating those strategies to design tools and education. She teaches design and entrepreneurship courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, focusing on front-end design processes.

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While successful concept generation is essential for innovative solutions, engineering students often receive limited instruction about how to accomplish it. Design Heuristics have been shown to facilitate concept generation by guiding students to explore additional solutions in the solution space. As adoption of new techniques into curricula is often slow, in this study, we investigated how four educators integrated Design Heuristics into their engineering design courses. We conducted interviews to investigate instructors’ preparations, approaches, and classroom experiences while integrating the Design Heuristics pedagogy as well as videotaped the teaching session. The findings revealed that both novice and experienced instructors reported few challenges in lesson preparation and implementation and a positive impact on student strategies to idea generation.

Leahy, K. S., & Yilmaz, S., & Seifert, C. M., & Daly, S. R. (2016, June), Integrating Design Heuristics into Your Classroom Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25796

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