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“WIP” Introducing Design Thinking in First-Year Engineering Education Our initial student research suggests today’s engineering students will select engineering as a major because they consider the profession as a field that can make a difference in the world. They view an engineering education as a path to a profession that has a substantial social purpose which is congruent with their values and goals and is known as engineering agency beliefs. These beliefs conform to one of the basic tenets of “design thinking” in that it is a methodology that imbues the full spectrum of innovation with a human-centered design ethos. At our university, we have started to infuse the concepts of design thinking in our initial Introduction to Engineering course and then later in our capstone senior design project courses. Between those “course bookends” we are working with our faculty to introduce them to the design thinking concept of “identifying the need” in place of only teaching engineering concepts and theories and how to solve engineering problems. This work in progress will illustrate how we have introduced design thinking in our first-year Introduction to Engineering course and evaluated its impact through indirect assessment of our students’ learning outcomes for the course as well as continuous improvement. The indirect study results will be obtained through an anonymous survey given to over 600 first-year engineering students who are matriculated at the present institution in a wide range of undergraduate engineering programs.
Sadeghipour, K., & Brookstein, D., & Fagan, S., & Budischak, C. (2020, June), Work in Progress: Introducing Design Thinking in First-Year Engineering Education Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35658
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