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Self-Evaluation of Design Decision-Making Skills Gained through Student Generated Learning AidsThis paper presents the findings from research in improving undergraduate engineering designdecision-making skills. This work is motivated by the need to provide students with moredesign-decision making experience to enable them to be ready to engineer upon graduation. Inthis research, third and fourth year undergraduate mechanical engineering students were guidedthrough the process of designing learning aid prototypes to be used in general engineeringeducation. Students were encouraged to use advanced technologies such as 3D printing andvirtual simulation to realize their concepts. This project assisted students in identifying their ownand typical misconceptions and devise tools which corrected those cognitive errors. A series ofself-evaluation methods were used to identify the student’s perception of their decision-makingskill levels. This work found that students gained a deeper understanding of engineeringfundamentals through generating learning aids. Over the multiple categories of design decision-making skills examined, there was various levels of change in the student’s perceived skill level.These results identify some of the challenges in using skills assessment as a means for evaluatingeducation reform efficacy. Inconsistencies between student reporting improvements in categoriesbut also reporting reduced skill levels indicate that students may grow in their understanding oftheir own skill limitations through the project activities. Overall, this work demonstrates asituated cognitive approach to teaching design decision-making in an authentic environment andpresents metrics for evaluating the efficacy of that approach. The objective of this work is toenable graduating students to be confident in their abilities to make design decisions in anindustrial setting at the beginning of their careers.
Jensen, D. C., & Beck, D. (2015, June), Self-evaluation of Design Decision-making Skills Gained Through Student Generated Learning Aids Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24700
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