Heterogeneous groups of students as a challenge in engineering design education

DS 119: Proceedings of the 33rd Symposium Design for X (DFX2022)

Year: 2022
Editor: Dieter Krause, Kristin Paetzold, Sandro Wartzack
Author: Frederike Kossack, Beate Bender
Series: DfX
Institution: Chair for Product Development, Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum
Page(s): 10
DOI number: 10.35199/dfx2022.07

Abstract

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.

Keywords: design engineering, design education, student survey

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