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An Inductive Approach to Teaching Interdisciplinary Design Outside of the Curriculum

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Charles Kim, Joseph Tranquillo

Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

Paper No. DETC2014-34465, pp. V003T04A017; 4 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 16th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 11th International Conference on Design Education; 7th Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4634-6
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


The KEEN Winter Interdisciplinary Design Experience (K-WIDE) is an immersive co-curricular program that exposes students to authentic open-ended design inductively. K-WIDE occurs outside of the curriculum and does not bear any credit. Students do not receive any pay for the program, and their only motivation is to learn about design. We believe that our pedagogical approach which immerses students in intensive design, provides opportunities to learn and apply hands-on skills, and encourages critical reflection is effective in leading participants to become global systems thinkers. Students gain important skills in looking at problems from a wide range of perspectives to consider the societal impact of potential solutions while also being conversant in technical engineering to ensure the viability of a concept. In this paper we present the general pedagogical approach and provide some examples of the effect the program is having on students.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME
Topics: Design , Teaching



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