Collaborating with design professionals and industry to build a design course for freshmen

Penny L Hirsch*, Barbara Shwom, John C Anderson, Ed Colgate, S. Jacobson, David M Kelso, John Lake, Charles S Yarnoff

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A two-quarter course in Engineering Design and Communication offers one answer to an old challenge: how industry and the academy can work together to improve the teaching of design. This article describes a successful collaboration between faculty in a freshman design course and professional industrial designers. Designers take on four key roles in the course: client, consultant, guest lecturer, and section instructor. The model results in a cutting edge course for freshman that yields benefits for all parties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-109
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number1 SPEC.
StatePublished - Mar 18 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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