New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Systems Engineering and Multidisciplinary Engineering
In the global knowledge-based economy of the foreseeable future, members of the workforce will need to continually develop appropriate solutions for increasingly complex systems and societal issues. This in turn will require professionals to update their technical-, management-, and thinking skills. There is thus a need for a framework that provides graduates with opportunities for developing a deeper understanding of their discipline, along with the ability to transfer their learning from a lecture/laboratory setting to real-life situations. Project-based courses, such as capstone experiences allow fertile ground for such learning to occur. Informed by the principles of Systems Engineering students in technology capstone courses, can simultaneously strengthen their critical/creative and process-oriented thinking skills as well.
In this paper, Solution-Based Learning (SBL) is introduced, as a new way of motivating students to continuously improve products or process based on human considerations. SBL keeps the focus on early and sustained success through all phases of a project. It leverages the principles of Systems Engineering and provides learners the opportunity to deepen their critical/creative and process-oriented thinking skills. The importance of developing a holistic and working understanding of the entire system including the environment, the eventual users and conditions of use, can result in more resilient designs, along with more robustly designed and thoroughly tested solutions. Shifting the focus on developing early working solutions which are well-grounded in both learning theory and systems engineering, will allow students to create products that can be reviewed by the designer and potential customers early and potentially over its entire life cycle.
Chandra, V. J. (2016, June), Solution-based Learning (SBL): Using Systems Engineering Principles to Guide Capstone Projects in Technology Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25842
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