Augmented Guidance Practical Learning for Engineering Students

Title Augmented Guidance Practical Learning for Engineering Students
Faculty/College/Unit Applied Science
Status Active
Duration 2 Year
Initiation 04/01/2017
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2017/2018
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Markus Fengler
Year 1: Funded Amount 16,210
Year 1: Team Members

Antony Hodgson, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Machiel Van der Loos, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Peter Ostafichuk, Professor of Teaching, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science

Project Summary

We will improve the breadth and depth of practical skills of our students within the existing time constraints of our program. Practical skills take time to develop, in part because many basic questions arise when students first start to use equipment and this slows the learning process. We will provide a faster, scalable way to answer basic questions and show techniques using searchable streaming video explanations to common questions on tool set-up, operation and prototyping. This will let many students work simultaneously but at their own pace while a supervising instructor focuses on more complex questions and monitors safety.

This project is the start of a longer term process for improving and expanding student learning of practical skills. We anticipate increases in the number of students using the shop and reporting positive experiences. We are also using this to build in-house capability to expand the video library in future.