Engineering for employability: a transition into CDIO

Robin Clark, Jane Andrews

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


This paper draws upon the findings of a three year study which tracks an institutions journey of CDIO. In focusing on the student perspective the findings discuss students’ prior learning experiences and their expectations of university. The study considers students’ early perceptions of CDIO; emergent findings suggest that whilst CDIO is not really what students expect when they first arrive at university, most prefer it to ‘traditional lectures’. Indeed the majority indicate that they believe the approach enhances their employability and provides a more engaging learning experience. The conclusion argues that with its focus on problem-based learning and team-working, CDIO has changed the face of the 1st year experience for mechanical engineering and designed students within the university and that in doing so it has enhanced transition and ultimately promoted student success.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 4th International Research Symposium on Problem-Based Learning (IRSPBL) 2013
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2013
Event4th International Research Symposium on Problem-Based Learning - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 2 Jul 20133 Jul 2013


Symposium4th International Research Symposium on Problem-Based Learning
Abbreviated titleIRSPBL 2013
CityKuala Lumpur


  • problem based learning
  • CDIO
  • active learning
  • employability


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