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Virtual Product Development Study Courses Evolution and Reflections

Virtual Product Development Study Courses Evolution and Reflections

Year: 2009

Section: Design Education and Lifelong Learning

Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.

Author: Zavbi, Roman; Kolsek, Tomaz; Duhovnik, Joze

Section: Design Education and Lifelong Learning

Pages: 113-124

Abstract

The product development teams become organizationally, geographically and culturally dispersed over the globe. The strategic alliance of several European universities has formed an "E-GPR" (European Global Product Realization) study course as a response to the product development challenges. The effective means for long-distance communication enabled intensive collaboration between competitive student teams. The industrial partners provided the project tasks to be solved within a short one semester time and required functional prototypes. We describe the setup of the course, the results, and provide some reflections. The course evolved during its repetitions over 7 consecutive years. The project work has been thoroughly monitored and the results have been assessed and quantified. The students should gain valuable experience in communication, organization, public presentation of work and prototyping and thus should better be prepared to tackle challenges associated with working in contemporary companies operating in a fierce business environment.

Keywords: Virtual product development, Virtual team, Engineering education, Project based learning

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The Design Society and the Stanford Center for Design Research cordially invite you to participate in the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED'09. The venue will be Stanford University’s verdant campus in the heart of Silicon Valley, a short 35 miles south of San Francisco, California. Research papers and case studies are solicited on any topic related to design thinking, theory, and practice, with a premium placed on evidence-based research. Topics and Themes include: *...

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