Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Second International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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Methodology based on micro-projects in DIY desktop machines for educational purposes in engineering degrees
Alpha Pernia-Espinoza, Andres Sanz-García, Enrique Sodupe-Ortega, Javier Antoñanzas-Torres, Fernando Antoñanzas-Torres, Ruben Urraca-Valle

Last modified: 06-06-2016

Abstract


The 21st century university has the big educational challenge of how to encourage “a will to learn” in students living in a world saturated with a huge amount of information and distractions. A needed step to keep students motivated is to update their learning environments. Herein we present a proposal with a methodology based on microprojects in DIY desktop machines (MicroP-DIY-DkM). The main idea is to consolidate students’ theoretical background using motivating microprojects in which foreign entities act as petitioners. The students will also receive a broad view of current state of manufacturing technologies. At the same time, English language and Information and Communication Technologies skills can be promoted by our methodology. We provide information about the implementation of several examples of these microprojects, which were applied in the technical subject ‘Manufacturing Technology’. The use of open source DIY-DkM offers students the possibility to understand essential principles of industrial technologies and processes. According to our surveys, students’ scores and success rate results, the methodology proposed demonstrated its convenience to be applied in technical subjects. Students showed greater motivation level and success rate than previous years using conventional methods. Limitation of the proposal and possible means of improvement are also included.

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