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Workshop: Implementing Cloud Collaboration using Fusion 360 into a First-Year Engineering Design Course

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2017 FYEE Conference


Daytona Beach, Florida

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August 6, 2017

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August 6, 2017

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August 8, 2017

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Cory Brozina Youngstown State University

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Dr. Cory Brozina is an assistant professor and the Director of First Year Engineering at Youngstown State University. He completed his B.S. and M.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and his PhD is in Engineering Education, also from Virginia Tech. His research interests include: Learning Analytics, First-Year Engineering and Assessment.

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Akshay Sharma Virginia Tech + Autodesk

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Akshay Sharma, an Associate Professor, is passionate about creating thin interfaces in analogue as well as digital media and about using design as a catalyst for the empowerment of women. Currently he is working on projects related to: micro financing with an NGO in India; the use of cell phones for creating a more efficient process in maintaining immunization records for developing countries; and developing a foot measurement system with jaipur foot. He is also working on a new methodology for easier learning of 3D modeling applications for design students. He divides his time between the United States and India.He obtained his BArch from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi and his Master of Science in Design from Arizona State University. Professor Sharma is Chair of the IDSA Design for the Majority Professional Interest Section. He has been involved in doing research on Design for the Bottom of the Pyramid and leads the Industrial Design for Learning and Empowerment courses and study abroad initiatives at Virginia Tech. ID4Learning emcompasses projects focused on financial literacy, collective learning environments and using affordable digital technologies.

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Industry and the world at large is becoming an ever-connected state where there is greater importance on atypical collaboration. The type of collaboration needed is radical in nature. Radical collaboration for a first-year engineering education curriculum needs to focus on effective learning strategies. This type of collaboration includes timely intervention by instructors, ease of learning for students, and access to professional level tool sets. All of which can create a platform for more engaging and effective peer-to-peer collaboration among students from different branches of engineering, design, and business. Cloud collaboration is a way for distributed, virtual teams to work efficiently on a common project. This workshop will teach faculty the benefits of cloud collaboration using an Autodesk Inc. product, Fusion 360, and the collaborative systems embedded within the platform. The workshop will entail four elements: (1) Pre-Workshop Signup/Team Formation, (2) A Case Study, (3) Interactive Design Session, and (4) Question and Answer segment. The goal of the workshop is for faculty to feel excited and empowered to implement new technology into their engineering design projects and have students who are novice in 3D modeling increase their skills dramatically. Faculty will leave with a handbook guiding them through the process of utilizing Fusion 360 in their design-based courses with examples and assessment tools to use.

Brozina, C., & Sharma, A. (2017, August), Workshop: Implementing Cloud Collaboration using Fusion 360 into a First-Year Engineering Design Course Paper presented at 2017 FYEE Conference, Daytona Beach, Florida.

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