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Using digital libraries to enhance distributed design team performance

Juster, N. and Greirson, H. and Nicol, D. and Ion, B. and Stone, A. and Wodehouse, A. (2004) Using digital libraries to enhance distributed design team performance. In: ASME 2004 Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, 2004-09-01.

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This paper describes the purpose and initial results of a 5-year project to develop, implement and use a testbed to improve the teaching and learning of students partaking in global team based design projects. It is expected that the project will, when complete, fundamentally change the way design engineering is taught by combining the use of digital libraries with virtual design studios. The paper describes the first stage of the project to inculcate basic digital library skills in undergraduate students. Lessons learnt in this first stage are detailed. The project team will be using these lessons to design the next stage of the project.