TAKING RISKS-ADOPTING THE AALBORG PROBLEM BASED LEARNING MODEL IN A NEW FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING DESIGN CURRICULUM
Editor: Grierson, Hilary; Bohemia, Erik; Buck, Lyndon
Author: Barrie, Jeff (1); Morgan, Thea (2)
Institution: 1: University of Bristol, United Kingdom; 2: University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Section: Meeting 21st Century Challenges in Further and Higher Education
DOI number: 10.35199/EPDE.2021.85
An introduction to design for first year engineering students contains many facets. Students are expected to learn and demonstrate their knowledge of design processes, drawing, and computer-aided-design. In a new interdisciplinary design unit, students were given an ongoing individual design project which assessed their understanding of design, as well as competencies and skills in using their drawing, CAD and programming skills-they were also introduced to design through a design challenge that enhanced their individual and collective learning run in partnership with Engineers without Borders. This paper discusses the challenges of not only delivering such an ambitious model to first year engineering students from multiple disciplines-but the hybrid online and face-to-face teaching delivery that had to be implemented under Covid-19 restrictions. The paper documents a challenging year for all design educators, with significant uncertainty and rapidly changing circumstances.