Title

The Iron Range Engineering Model

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2017

ISBN

9789463009041

Department

Integrated Engineering

Abstract

The Iron Range Engineering (IRE) model of PBL, an adaptation of the Aalborg model (Kolmos, Fink, & Krogh, 2004), began delivery in January of 2010. IRE is located in rural northeastern Minnesota in the United States. The PBL curriculum was designed and implemented as an upper-division program delivering the final two years of a four-year engineering bachelor’s degree.Distinguishing characteristics of the IRE model include the use of real industry projects, explicit focus on the development of the student technically, professionally, and as a creative designer, vertically integrated student teams, oral examinations, formative assessment, and continuous improvement.Recent research on the development of the PBL graduates as self-directed learners and their acquisition of professional competence has been completed and brief summaries are presented.

Publication Title

PBL in Engineering Education: International Perspectives on Curriculum Change

DOI

10.1007/978-94-6300-905-8_4

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