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Use Of Activity Based Learning Across The Curricula In Manufacturing, Mechanical, And Industrial Engineering Technologies

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Innovative Curriculum in ET

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7.1228.1 - 7.1228.14



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Robert Mott

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Use Of Activity-Based Learning Across The Curricula In Mechanical, Manufacturing, and Industrial Engineering Technologies Robert L. Mott Advanced Integrated Manufacturing Center Sinclair Community College University of Dayton Dayton, Ohio

Abstract Modern educational philosophy espouses activity-based learning based on constructivist principles as a means of enhancing student learning and retention of key competencies. Constructivist principles call for assisting learners to build on their own experiences and to use experimentation and problem solving in authentic contexts to acquire new competencies. Further, learners are asked to demonstrate their competence in ways that emulate how the competencies are used in real-world work and life situations. Activity-based learning is also espoused in the new TAC of ABET criteria as one effective method of learning. This paper describes ways in which activity-based learning can be applied across the curriculum in mechanical, manufacturing, and industrial engineering technologies. The examples given can also be adapted to other engineering technology disciplines as well as by many other academic disciplines in a wide variety of educational fields. Background for the Article This article is based on work being done by the National Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing Education (NCE/AME) in Dayton, Ohio. The NCE/AME is managed through the Advanced Integrated Manufacturing Center (AIM Center), a partnership between Sinclair Community College and the University of Dayton. The work is supported in part by the National Science Foundation through the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. * One major goal of the NCE/AME is to develop novel curriculum materials for the manufacturing engineering technology field that are based on constructivist principles. To this end, a methodology for producing instructional modules has been developed that is activity-based, competency-based, contextual, industry-verified and teamwork-based with assessment embedded at every stage. The module development process has been called the Module ArchitectureÓ, a term that is in the process of being registered by the AIM Center. The Module Architecture Ó has been initially applied to the design of a novel curriculum for a complete associate degree program in manufacturing engineering technology. 1 Because the content of the manufacturing engineering field is highly interdisciplinary, application of the results of this project can easily be introduced in either manufacturing, mechanical, or industrial engineering technologies. For the purposes of this paper the following abbreviations for these three programs are used, MfgET, MET, and IET.

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Mott, R. (2002, June), Use Of Activity Based Learning Across The Curricula In Manufacturing, Mechanical, And Industrial Engineering Technologies Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11009

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