Heterogeneous groups of students as a challenge in engineering design education
Editor: Dieter Krause, Kristin Paetzold, Sandro Wartzack
Author: Frederike Kossack, Beate Bender
Institution: Chair for Product Development, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
DOI number: 10.35199/dfx2022.07
For the successful development of technical products, welleducated and trained engineers are key. To acquire the required knowledge and competences, very large groups of first-year engineering students currently participate in basic design engineering courses. Most of these students have differing levels of knowledge and experience caused by their various secondary education backgrounds, vocational trainings or completed pre-engineering courses. Within this paper this heterogeneity and the resulting challenges for the students by attending courses with frontal lecture formats with additional self-study time during the transition from high school to college is analysed through studies at the Ruhr-University Germany for developing improved teaching activities in the future.