A Problem-Based Approach to Teaching a Course in Engineering Mechanics

Imad Abou-Hayt, Bettina Dahl, Camilla Østerberg Rump

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Problem-Based Learning (PBL) can be defined as a learning environment where problems drive the learning. A teaching session begins with a problem to be solved, in such a way that students need to gain new knowledge before they can solve the problem. This paper discusses the application of PBL to teaching an
introductory course in engineering mechanics at Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark for first semester students enrolled in the program “Sustainable Design". We pose realistic problems which do not
necessarily have a single correct solution. Project work in groups also presents itself as a supplement for conventional engineering education. The students themselves should interpret the problem posed, gather needed information, identify possible solutions, evaluate options and present conclusions. The paper also presents an initial assessment of the experiences gained from implementing PBL in the course. We conclude with a discussion of some issues in implementing PBL in engineering and mathematics courses.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelEducate for the future: PBL, Sustainability and Digitalisation 2020
RedaktørerAida Guerra, Juebei Chen, Maiken Winther, Anette Kolmos
Antal sider11
ForlagAalborg Universitetsforlag
Publikationsdato2020
Udgave1
Sider499-509
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-87-7210-313-6
StatusUdgivet - 2020

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    Abou-Hayt, I., Dahl, B., & Rump, C. Ø. (2020). A Problem-Based Approach to Teaching a Course in Engineering Mechanics. I A. Guerra, J. Chen, M. Winther, & A. Kolmos (red.), Educate for the future: PBL, Sustainability and Digitalisation 2020 (1 udg., s. 499-509). Aalborg Universitetsforlag.