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Enhancing design learning using a digital repository

Wodehouse, A. and Grierson, H. and Ion, W. and Juster, N.P. and McGill, L. (2005) Enhancing design learning using a digital repository. In: International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 05), 2005-08-15 - 2005-08-18.

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Abstract

The process of design is context dependent and open-ended, and therefore does not revolve around a specific body of information or knowledge. The educational paradigm shift in the area of engineering design from teaching to coaching and the increased use of social constructivist learning ideals requires students to have access to as wide a range of information as possible. Digital resources provide an excellent opportunity for extending the range of information available to design students and to this end, as part of a joint research program with Stanford University, the University of Strathclyde has developed a groupware product called LauLima to provide students with a collaborative environment which allows them to gather, organise, store and share information. This paper describes the improvement to design learning, based on a Design Knowledge Framework, in a 3rd year product design engineering project from session 03/04 to 04/05 which has been facilitated by the implementation of this technology.