Comparing different types of professional practitioner engagement in an integrated design engineering degree

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Abstract

Design engineering education needs to be close to industrial practice, since industry is the final destination of most graduates. For this reason, early engagement with ‘real’ practitioners can be beneficial to educational outcomes. Although much research has been done comparing the skills and approaches of engineering design students and professional practitioners little research to date has looked in detail how this engagement affects the educational process. In this study, we evaluate the impact professional practitioners had on the learning process and the delivery of learning outcomes for a number of units in a specific Integrated Design Engineering (IDE) course. We are reporting data collected by three data sources, feedback from the cohort via surveys of “Start, Stop, Continue” that run at the end of each unit; the official feedback survey of the university; and focus group feedback. Our key findings are that the students appreciate the real design context and passionate engagement the professional practitioner (PP) can offer, when immersed in the teaching process and setting the assignment, but also are critical of the negative effects the PP can have in terms of marking assessments or limiting the creative potential of open-ended projects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
Subtitle of host publicationTowards a New Innovation Landscape, E and PDE 2019
EditorsErik Bohemia, Ahmed Kovacevic, Lyndon Buck, Ross Brisco, Dorothy Evans, Hilary Grierson, William Ion, Robert Ian Whitfield
PublisherInstitution of Engineering Designers, The Design Society
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781912254057
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2019
Event21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2019 - Glasgow, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Sep 201913 Sep 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Towards a New Innovation Landscape, E and PDE 2019

Conference

Conference21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2019
CountryUK United Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period12/09/1913/09/19

Keywords

  • Engineering design
  • Learning outcomes
  • Professional practitioners
  • Studio-based projects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Cite this

Georgilas, I., Dekoninck, E., Dhokia, V., Flynn, J., & Elias, E. (2019). Comparing different types of professional practitioner engagement in an integrated design engineering degree. In E. Bohemia, A. Kovacevic, L. Buck, R. Brisco, D. Evans, H. Grierson, W. Ion, & R. I. Whitfield (Eds.), Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Towards a New Innovation Landscape, E and PDE 2019 (pp. 1-6). [1254] (Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Towards a New Innovation Landscape, E and PDE 2019). Institution of Engineering Designers, The Design Society. https://doi.org/10.35199/epde2019.21