Improving student-industry engagement through project oriented curriculum

Chandrasekaran, Sivachandran, Littlefair, Guy and Stojcevski, Alex 2015, Improving student-industry engagement through project oriented curriculum, in SEFI 2015 : Proceedings of the 43rd SEFI Annual Conference, SEFI, Brussels, Belgium, pp. 49-49.

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Title Improving student-industry engagement through project oriented curriculum
Author(s) Chandrasekaran, SivachandranORCID iD for Chandrasekaran, Sivachandran
Littlefair, Guy
Stojcevski, Alex
Conference name European Society for Engineering Education. Conference (43rd : 2015 : Orleans, France)
Conference location Orleans, France
Conference dates 2015/06/29 - 2015/07/02
Title of proceedings SEFI 2015 : Proceedings of the 43rd SEFI Annual Conference
Editor(s) Hawwash, K
Léger, Christophe
Publication date 2015
Start page 49
End page 49
Total pages 1
Publisher SEFI
Place of publication Brussels, Belgium
Keyword(s) Project/design oriented curriculum
Design based learning
Student engagement
Industry involvement
Summary Industry expects a creative and innovative academic practice that provides students with valuable practical knowledge focused on graduate ready skills for future careers. The learning environment in engineering is inadequate for students to become a skillful graduate. The practical role of engineering is gained through working on real world problems in an industry collaborative environment through projects. Industry academia collaboration seems to be actively increasing in the development of engineering education in various parts of the globe. The close relationship between industry and academia is a vital component of the engineering pedagogy to improve student engagement in industry through projects. By engaging students with industry, students will acquire global perspective about the core attributes expected in future engineering jobs. In today’s large-scale industrial market, companies tend to prefer graduates with design skills attained through the project approach. Thus, universities should open their doors and accept the challenges of interacting with students with industrial experiences and expectations. This paper is focused on improving student industry engagement through project/design oriented curriculum. Through quantitative and qualitative research, the paper shows the industry perspectives and students views on university and industry collaboration. The research results show that students and industry can possibly maintain their engagement by providing regular feedback, reviewing goals and objectives, improving communication, keeping focused, and sharing a similar vision.
ISBN 9782873520120
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
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