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MANUFACTURING INTEGRATED LEARNING LAB (MILL): A CURRICULUM MODEL FOR HANDS-ON MANUFACTURING EDUCATIONABSTRACTThe lack of hands-on experiences in specific manufacturing processes has been identified as oneof the major competency gaps in manufacturing engineering education. Partly in response to this,the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) launched its Manufacturing Education Plan toaddress the competency gaps of new graduates. The National Science Foundation (NSF) andother funding agencies have also been heavily involved in efforts to address these concerns.The Manufacturing Integrated Learning Lab (MILL) is an outcome of these efforts. MILL is anNSF‐funded multi‐institutional project, whose focus is the development of a hands-on approachto manufacturing education. At the heart of the MILL concept is the use of team‐based projectsthat help students gain hands‐on experiences in design and manufacturing. It involves thecoordination of realistic hands-on activities in multiple targeted courses around the unifyingtheme of designing and fabricating a selected functional product. These activities are suited foreasy implementation in the setting of a typical design and manufacturing teaching laboratory.This offers students practical skills that directly prepare them for careers in manufacturing,design and product realization.Four knowledge areas with corresponding detailed learning outcomes were identified for study,namely: (1) drafting/design, (2) manufacturing process, (3) process engineering, and (4)CAD/CAM. A curriculum writing process undertaken at the beginning of the project resulted ina set of core learning outcomes common to all consortia schools. Based on these, we developed acore curriculum shared between the partner institutions. This encapsulates our MILLmanufacturing competency model. Subsequently, this educational model was integrated intorelevant courses at each participating institution. We also developed assessment instruments tomeasure student learning.The four knowledge areas previously identified constituted the subscales of the assessmentinstruments. Each subscale contains multiple competencies as detailed in the curriculum model,and this formed the test blueprint. Subsequent to the finalization of the test blueprint, a table ofspecifications was developed to delineate the taxonomy of cognitive abilities to serve as aprompt in item development to assess varying (and generally higher) cognitive levels. Sampleitems were developed for all competencies in a series of internal meetings held among MILLProject staff. It was determined that all items would follow a paper and pencil multiple-choiceformat to simplify subsequent analysis.We have conducted content reliability and validity studies for the assessment instruments. Thepreliminary results from a field test indicate excellent structure of the assessment instruments.We are now in the process of expanding our range of testing by involving additional institutionsin the project.
Ssemakula, M. E., & Aguwa, C. C., & Ellis, D., & Kim, K., & Liao, G., & Sawilowsky, S. S. (2011, June), Manufacturing Integrated Learning Lab (MILL): A Curriculum Model for Hands-On Manufacturing Education Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18320
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