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ERIC Number: EJ1076101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1941-1766
Improving a Capstone Design Course through Mindmapping
Eggermont, Marjan; Brennan, Robert; Freiheit, Theo
Advances in Engineering Education, v2 n1 Spr 2010
Our full-year capstone design course, "Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Design Methodology and Application," focuses on both design methodology and design application. We redesigned the course to more effectively prepare students for the "application" aspect of design. The approach was essentially to implement a short inquiry-based learning exercise that was augmented by web-based teaching modules. This blended learning approach gave the students an immediate sense of team dynamics and project management skills necessary to complete this short exercise (and their year-long project). This paper discusses the design, testing, application and results of this two week design project and focuses specifically on mindmapping freeware. There will also be a discussion of how this project will be made accessible via an e-learning engineering design portal, which houses many projects such as the one described above. [The authors have included a bibliography.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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