Engineering education plays a critical role in addressing the ever-increasing environmental and societal challenges, and collaborative problem solving (CPS) is a vital skill for engineers to tackle such complex multidisciplinary challenges and develop high-quality solutions. The EAGLE project at KU Leuven exemplifies CPS implementation in electrical engineering education, providing students with real-world connections and deep learning opportunities to develop teamwork, problem-solving, and negotiation skills.
This paper presents the development and implementation of EAGLE, a year-long hands-on, multidisciplinary challenge in which teams of 10-12 students design and develop an autonomous drone capable of flying to a remote landing station. It focuses on the project organization, innovative coach-based teaching and grading system, and the multi-dimensional evaluation and grading processes employed.
The insights gained from the EAGLE project can offer valuable lessons for future project-based learning initiatives and encourage the adoption of innovative teaching and learning approaches in engineering education. By sharing our experiences, we aim to inspire other educators to integrate real-world projects into their curricula, emphasizing the significance of hands-on learning, teamwork, and CPS in engineering education.
Poormohammadi, F., Van Deyck, M., Deckers, M., Saboor, A., Wang, B., Mehrjouseresht, P., Zhang, Z., Symons, A., Pas, P., Bodard, A., Van Rooij, H., Verhelst, M., Bertrand, A., Sabariego, R., Patrinos, P., & Coppens, P. (2023). The “Eagle” Approach To Train Electrical Engineers With Collaborative Problem-Solving Skills. European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI). DOI: 10.21427/3NC0-AB72
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