Improving Learning Of Engineering Graphics Through A Combination Of Techniques

Keith Fisher, Kevin Cook
2007 Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
The quest for improved learning of engineering graphics communications skills is of continued interest to many institutions. Prompted by observed deficiencies in graphics communication skills in students, the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Montana State University has undertaken a revision of teaching methods; utilizing a combination of simple strategies, with the goals of re-emphasizing the communications aspect of engineering graphics, giving students improved tools and
more » ... s for drawing, modeling, and analysis, and increasing learning and retention of those techniques. The individual methods used in combination include: extending the graphics exposure throughout the first three years of the curriculum, making the courses design project centered -with the integrated physical production of the projects as an essential part of the learning process, adopting a "corporate work environment" in some portions of the classes, emphasizing the use of reference materials in the design and drawing process so that students will learn to be resourceful life-long learners, and using both individual feedback, and self-evaluation techniques as reinforcement. This combination of methods has shown preliminary promise of improving the learning and retention of graphical communication capabilities and performance for engineering students, both while in school, and beyond.
doi:10.18260/1-2--1594 fatcat:yq3kdhshkjf4tihjmxcec64i4u