Educating Engineers for the Near Tomorrow

Dirk Schaefer, Jitesh H. Panchal, J. Lane Thames, Sammy Haroon, Farrokh Mistee

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In this paper, we present an educational approach to facilitate Learning how to Learn, that is, to equip our students with competencies needed to become lifelong learners and succeed in the job market of the near tomorrow. Our approach is anchored in educational and instructional theory and closely tied to current professional practice. The approach is implemented in a graduate level engineering design course that is offered in a distributed collaborative distance learning setting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-396
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Design Education
  • Distance Learning
  • Personalized Learning
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Competency-based Learning
  • learning how to lean
  • sharing to gain
  • Mass colaboration
  • crowdsourcing
  • globalization


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