Assessing learning gains in teamwork and innovation among engineering student design teams

Sarah M. Asio, Jennifer A. Cross

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Abstract

The current engineering education system world over encourages the use of collaborative approaches through design coursework and integration of practical hands on team activities in pedagogy. This is in part spurred by a global push for sustainable innovations and solutions to challenging problems of the day, which can only be tackled through concerted team efforts. Engineering teams play a key role in implementing inventions and innovations, and engineers should therefore possess the ability to work and innovate in teams. This study assesses gains in learning for engineering students engaged in pre-capstone and senior design capstone projects as the final phase of their education, in order to explore skill development among the soon-to-be-graduates. A comparative analysis of pre- and post- study data was conducted across student teams. Significant changes occurred in communication, cohesion, task orientation, effort, conflict, social network, job relevant diversity, learning, vision, and leadership. The results provide evidence of skills acquired by engineering graduate - who are the future innovators, and may facilitate continued improvements in engineering pedagogy and curricula.

Original languageEnglish
Pages998-1003
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2020
Event2016 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, ISERC 2016 - Anaheim, United States
Duration: May 21 2016May 24 2016

Conference

Conference2016 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, ISERC 2016
CountryUnited States
CityAnaheim
Period05/21/1605/24/16

Keywords

  • Innovation Skills
  • Learning Gains
  • Teamwork Skills

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