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Cooperative Learning Instructional Activities in a Capstone Design Course

Cooperative Learning Instructional Activities in a Capstone Design Course

“Our experiences convinced us that the cooperative learning approach both enhanced our  students’ understanding of these topics and encouraged them to incorporate the associated skills into their working skill set. Including team exercises that dealt with various steps in the design process provided a “jump-start” on these unfamiliar activities in a structured, short duration exercise environment in class. Listening to presentations by other teams and reviewing and discussing another team’s results as a part of the team exercises provided an opportunity to see and think about different formulations of the problem they just considered.” (p.413)

Pimmel, R. (2001). Cooperative Learning Instructional Activities in a Capstone Design Course. Journal of Engineering Education, 90(3), 413-421. doi:10.1002/j.2168-9830.2001.tb00621.x

Resource Theme(s): Developing capstone curriculum to enhance student achievement, Effective capstone models and approaches that enhance student achievement

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