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Editor: Clarke, A, Ion, W, McMahon, C and Hogarth, P
Author: Loy, Jennifer Elizabeth
As educators, we understand the theory of student-centered learning, but translating that into practical projects for students is a challenge compared to traditional lecturer-led, exam based learning. How can students be encouraged to take more control of their own learning in a broader range of teaching areas? Engineering designers and industrial designers need to be able to explore and exploit the potential of different manufacturing processes. In addition, creative thinking and open-ended exploration could potentially stimulate situations where new processes might in themselves be developed in response to their design ideas and initial research. A short, example project was set up with first year design students to explore innovation through student-centered learning for teaching technological processes and related design development. This type of class, learning about a specific batch production manufacturing method (in this case steam bending), had formerly been taught through demonstrations and a schedule of test pieces that the students had to make. This format was radically changed in an attempt to help the students to develop a more in depth understanding of processes and a more questioning, creative outlook.
The 11th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education will be organised by the University of Brighton in Brighton, UK, in partnership with the Design Education Special Interest Group (DESIG) of the Design Society and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). The E&PDE conference will bring together representatives from education and industry who have an interest in developing new approaches and directions in design education. The conference will provide a forum...