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Train The Trainer Video For Problem Solving Using Project Teams

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.1063.1 - 6.1063.7



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Michael Marcus

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Session #1648

Train the Trainer Video for Problem Solving Using Project Teams

Michael Marcus Pennsylvania State University


Students from Engineering and Engineering Technology Programs should be able to work together as members of Project Teams to find solutions to technical problems. The objective of this session is to show sections of a professionally produced “Train the Trainer” videotape using students from Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology Programs working together on project teams to solve technical problems. This video will show the teaching methodology for collaborative learning including: writing specifications, brainstorming, solution evaluation, sketching, and testing of solutions. Students worked together as members of project teams to find solutions to an actual electromechanical design problem using a hematology analyzer from industry. This videotape of student teams is edited and PowerPoint slides are inserted outlining the step by step procedure; students also write papers for this project. As a Senior Project Engineer with 14 years experience in industry managing project teams consisting of other Engineers and Technicians, finding new Engineers and Technicians to hire with project team training was important. Also under the ABET guidelines, teaching collaborative problem solving is recommended. This method can be used in any number of technology courses and will help the student prepare for problem solving and working in a team environment.

Attendees willing to use this video and participate in a research survey will be given a free copy of the video.

I. Introduction

The following is a method of problem solving used by project teams in industry1. It has been tailored for use in courses taught in Engineering and Engineering Technology. This example was used in an introductory course in Engineering Technology and was completed in about two hours. These methods could be expanded and applied to projects of various lengths of time in other courses, including a capstone design project.

The project consists of the class dividing into project teams with three or four students on each team2. For each step comprising the method, a different person shall be responsible for taking notes that will then be distributed to other team members. Each group will submit only one copy of each completed step; the group will decide the division of these tasks. Each student will then be asked to combine the tasks into a report and provide an individual summary page. The components will be as follows:

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Marcus, M. (2001, June), Train The Trainer Video For Problem Solving Using Project Teams Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9912

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