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Investigating an Innovative Approach for Developing Systems Engineering Curriculum: The Systems Engineering Experience Accelerator Traditional systems engineering education, training, and experience are not adequate tomeet the emerging challenges posed by ever increasing systems complexity and societaldemands, the workforce called upon to meet the challenges, and the timeframe in which thesechallenges need to be addressed. In response to this fundamental issue, the systems engineeringExperience Accelerator research project was initiated to leverage technology to create anexperiential, emotional state in the learner coupled with reflective learning so that time iseffectively compressed and the learning process of a systems engineer can be significantlyaccelerated as compared to the rate at which learning would occur naturally on the job. Thepurpose of the research project is to develop a simulator prototype of the Experience Acceleratorfocused on a small set of systems engineering competencies to evaluate the theoreticalcapabilities of the developed system. In the process of developing the research prototype, theExperience Accelerator team defined an approach that can be leveraged in the development ofexperiential-based systems engineering curriculum. This approach leverages a competencytaxonomy, a collection of ‘Aha’ moments, and a learner profile coupled with a series ofsimulated challenges and land mines. The systems engineering competency taxonomy is basedon a combination of systems and critical thinking, systems engineering technical leadership,systems engineering implementation, technical and program management, and other broad-basedprofessional competencies; and was built from existing models and systems thinking research.The ‘Aha’ moments were gathered from ongoing interviews of systems engineering experts whowere asked to recall specific moments in their past experiences where they had a definingmoment that helped mature their systems engineering expertise. The events that surroundedthose moments were collected as examples of the conditions under which the learning or ‘Aha’moments occurred. These events, combined with collected learner profile information, willshape the inclusion of challenges and land mines in the simulation to create an environment ripefor the learning experience. An understanding of the Experience Accelerator approach can guidecurriculum development in attempting to recreate on-the-job experiential learning in an artificialsetting. Case studies can be leveraged to develop new learning scenarios that could be added tothe planned open source version of the Experience Accelerator simulator. These and otherapproaches for experience-focused systems curriculum development are discussed in the paper.
Squires, A. F., & Ph.D., J. W., & Bodner, D. A., & Okutsu, M., & Ingold, D., & Dominick, P. G., & Reilly, R. R., & Watson, W. R., & Gelosh, D. (2011, June), Investigating an Innovative Approach for Developing Systems Engineering Curriculum: The Systems Engineering Experience Accelerator Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18193
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