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A reflective approach to learning in a global design project

Wodehouse, A. and Breslin, C. and Eris, O. and Grierson, H. and Ion, W. and Jung, M. and Leifer, L. and Mabogunje, A. and Sonalkar, N. (2007) A reflective approach to learning in a global design project. In: 9th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, 2007-09-13 - 2007-09-14.

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Abstract

This paper describes a three-week project run jointly between the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, MA and Stanford University, CA. The purpose of this class was to provide students with an understanding of the technological and organisational issues involved in global product development teams, and to provide an experience which would prepare them for work in such environments. Reflective learning techniques were applied, including reviews of relevant literature, analyses of case studies, and a critical review of the completed project. The main result of this approach was that students had a more considered attitude towards the project process than in typical, more output-focussed student design assignments. This was crucial given the cultural and pedagogical variations across institutions. The Global Team Design Project was successful, particularly for the first year of implementation, and provides a potential framework that other institutions could employ in similar project classes