San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
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Use of Games for Learning Automated System IntegrationAutomated systems play an essential role in the manufacturing industry. Engineers constantlydesign, maintain, reconfigure, and upgrade these systems to accommodate shifts in productdesign or manufacturing priorities. A diverse skill set is needed and often engineers requireyears of experience to become expert system integrators.Research suggests that well-designed games can help increase learners’ motivation to learn,reinforce knowledge, and provide opportunities for concentrated practice. “Serious games” canhelp students to develop skills in real-life problem-solving, which can result in improved transferand reduce the amount of time needed for on-the-job learning.This paper will describe the development of several games to help students to learn aboutautomated system integration. A quiz game patterned after “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”allows students to answer questions about topics in certain categories, such as functions andcomponents for various types of sensors and relays. A wiring game allows students to practiceinterfacing devices such as switches, power supplies, and programmable logic controller I/Omodules. Finally, an automated system design game allows students to design a layout for a cellphone assembly line. The games allow students to perform realistic tasks in a virtualenvironment that allows them to opportunities to make mistakes safely and practice until they areproficient in a skill. Results from an evaluation with 40 undergraduate students will bepresented.
Hsieh, S., & Deotale, P. (2012, June), Use of Games for Learning Automated System Integration Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22168
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