The Iron Range Engineering Model
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.
PBL in Engineering Education: International Perspectives on Curriculum Change
Johnson, B., & Ulseth, R. (2017). The Iron Range Engineering model. In A. Guerra, R. Ulseth, & A. Kolmos, PBL in engineering education: International perspectives on curriculum change (pp. 53-69). Sense Publishers. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6300-905-8_4
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