33th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences

14 - Education and Training

INTEGRATE ONLINE QUERY&DEFENSE INTO PROJECT BASED LEARNING TO PROMPT ENGINEERING AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES

S. Sun, Civil Aviation University of China, China; R. Gong, University of Waterloo, Canada

As an effective student-centered pedagogical approach in improving studentsí academic knowledge, teamwork skills, communication skills and leadership, Project Based Learning (PBL) has been widely adopted in engineering courses delivering during the last decades. However, there is a challenge for both the teachers and the students during the PBL: Most project results are fragile to their operation environment because of the studentsí poor understanding of the engineering authentic problems and integrity requirements or even neglect these, while engineering complexity and functional integrity is essential characteristic in aviation and other safety related fields, engineering authenticity and integrity analyzation ability and habit are basic requirements for future aviation engineers. Taking navigation principles and systems course PBL as a case, use online query & defense challenge competition to promote the students to conduct in-depth discussion and analysis on the engineering authenticity and integrity requirements in the early stage of project implementation, so as to improve the studentsí project participation and outcomes. Project outcomes are assessed and compared with no query & defense activities integrated ones, data are collected and analyzed, the test results show that the online query & defense pedagogical form can effectively help the students to improve their engineering authenticity and integrity thinking.


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