INTRODUCTION TO INTEGRATED LEARNING

Background

Goal

Objectives

Methodology

Means of Implementation

Criteria for Industrial Products

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Training for Creativity and Innovation by Product and Process Design

MEANS OF IMPLEMENTATION

Four complementary means of implementation are planned to attain the goal and objectives for integrated learning.

Practice

Industrial products integrating learning materials of different workshop modules are developed to implement integrated learning in the learning factory. The products have balanced emphasis on different processes and best utilization of machinery from different workshop modules.

Infrastructure

The virtual learning factory infrastructure is an always accessible complementary part to the scheduled practical workshops. The infrastructure outlines relationship among different components in a typical industrial project, helping students in grasping initial ideas before any workshop practice, orientating themselves during different workshop modules in relation to the whole project, and understanding the complete processes in typical industrial product development. This infrastructure is developed as student-centered and provides all virtual learning materials to enable flexible self-paced revisions supplementing regular classes.

Product Data Management

A product data management (PDM) system is incorporated in the learning projects to examine feasibility in integrated product design, facilitating horizontal interdisciplinary collaborative works across the three-dimensional geographic world and sequential information exchange throughout the fourth-dimensional inter-stage workflow. Participants of the project can always get access to major information of their project through internet version of the PDM system.

Documentation

Student in teams are required to document their work processes in workshop and systematically organize the material to enhance better holistic understanding. The documentation can be put online to analyze with those in the virtual learning factory infrastructure and encourage sharing among students.