DS 95: Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2019), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. 12th -13th September 2019

Year: 2019
Editor: Bohemia, Erik; Kovacevic, Ahmed; Buck, Lyndon; Brisco, Ross; Evans, Dorothy; Grierson, Hilary; Ion, William; Whitfield, Robert Ian
Author: Pütz, Claus; Schmitt, Frank
Series: E&PDE
Institution: 1: RWTH Aachen, Aachen, Germany; 2: Jade Hochschule, Oldenburg, Germany
Section: Ethics and Social Issues 1
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.35199/epde2019.56
ISBN: 978-1-912254-05-7


This paper presents how individual learning of CAD can effectively be enhanced by a system of six interlinked components. This CAD course aims at lifting as many students as possible to a preferably high and well-defined level of competence. At the same time, the teacher's workload can be kept within limits that allow him or her to spend the majority of his or her capacity on supporting the individual student. In order to reach this aim in spite of common unfavourable teaching conditions a complex pedagogical concept of individual learning in large groups has been developed.

The six key elements of this concept are the following:
- Tutorials: Imparting content and methods by way of video-tutorials, including adoption of the new material by becoming actively involved.
- Training: Practicing the new material by repeating and training software-commands up to firm mastering.
- Transfer: Transfer of the newly acquired competences to more sophisticated problems based on successful completion of the components tutorial and training.
- Team-Tutoring: Support in case of problems is given promptly by networking in learning groups of four.
- Tutor-Attestation: The tutor provides permanent and immediate feedback on the participant

Keywords: blended learning, didactic conception, individual learning, teamwork, learning processes


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