Using a course in computer-aided engineering to foster life-long learning

William C. Lasher

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Abstract

This paper describes how a course in Computer-Aided Engineering has been used as a venue for developing a life-long learning mentality in students. This course covers numerical methods and a variety of software packages, and due to the rapid rate of change in software is an ideal place to teach life-long learning using multiple techniques. The motivation for life-long learning is introduced through a class discussion regarding computers and software. Students are then asked to learn how to use three different software packages with minimal formal instruction. Additionally, a technique formerly developed by the author is used to show students how to interpret a technical text and learn how to learn numerical methods from the text. Survey and exam data show that these techniques have been successful in enhancing the motivation for life-long learning and providing students with some of the tools necessary to accomplish this.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 28 2006Oct 31 2006

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Other36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period10/28/0610/31/06

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  • Engineering(all)

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Lasher, W. C. (2006). Using a course in computer-aided engineering to foster life-long learning. In 36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE [4116880] https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2006.322308