Bringing Industry Authenticity to Traditional Taught Programme Elements

G. A. Thomson*, J. Sacharczuk, D. I. Smith, P. Gretton

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication

Abstract

This paper discusses a project which leverages professional contacts to build industry linked activities into areas of the curriculum which are often seen as focussed more on fundamental theory and less on the wider aspects of practical implementation. While part of a much wider initiative, to show the process, we will focus in on one exemplar - the development of a learning package in support of pump flow - classic fluid dynamics, taught normally through theory classes supported by laboratory exercises. The new development however involved collaboration with a major supplier of fluid handling equipment with whom we had existing contact via recent alumni. The result was an online self-directed learning package combining a compact masterclass with a senior engineer together with a ‘have a go yourself’ active and adaptive mixed-media activity with a recent graduate acting as host. The paper reports on this experience, reflections from academic, industrial and student partners and offers a guide to those wishing to try something similar particularly in current Covid restricted times when physical involvement with industry is otherwise difficult.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - SEFI 49th Annual Conference
Subtitle of host publicationBlended Learning in Engineering Education: Challenging, Enlightening - and Lasting?
EditorsHans-Ulrich Heiss, Hannu-Matti Jarvinen, Annette Mayer, Alexandra Schulz
PublisherSociété Eropéenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs
Pages1313-1321
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9782873520236
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventSEFI 49th Annual Conference: Blended Learning in Engineering Education: Challenging, Enlightening - and Lasting? - Berlin, Virtual, Germany
Duration: 13 Sep 202116 Sep 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings - SEFI 49th Annual Conference: Blended Learning in Engineering Education: Challenging, Enlightening - and Lasting?

Conference

ConferenceSEFI 49th Annual Conference: Blended Learning in Engineering Education: Challenging, Enlightening - and Lasting?
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityBerlin, Virtual
Period13/09/2116/09/21

Keywords

  • Covid-19
  • Engineering science
  • Industry
  • Online

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