A new model for engineering education was launched in January 2010 in northeastern Minnesota. The Iron Range Engineering (IRE) model is a project-based-learning (PBL) methodology that focuses on producing graduates with integrated technical and professional knowledge and competencies. A unique and important element of the IRE model has 100% of IRE student learning taking place in the context of industry projects. Students at IRE are upper-division engineering students who transferred from Minnesota community college lower-division engineering programs. To understand the impact that IRE methodology may have on preparing engineers with the competencies needed for the future workplace, a comparison study has been developed to investigate the extent to which students in integrated applied models are affected. The curriculum model and comparison study are described within this paper, along with preliminary results on student development and engagement.
Ulseth, R., Johnson, B., & Bates, R. (2011, November). A Comparison Study of Project-Based-Learning in Upper-Division Engineering Education. Presented at the 3rd International Research Symposium on PBL 2011, Coventry University, UK, 28-29 November 2011.
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