Using multi-disciplinary teams to teach communication to engineers, or "Practicing what we preach"

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Many new engineering courses tell students how important it is to write clear reports and proposals, deliver polished oral presentations, communicate effectively with clients, and work well on multi-disciplinary teams. This paper suggests one model for accomplishing these objectives: a design and communication course for engineering freshmen based on a cross-disciplinary approach and taught by multi-disciplinary teams. This paper will summarize the intellectual and practical similarities between design and communication that form the basis of our collaboration, explain how our cross-school course is administered and taught, discuss how we are evaluating student progress, and outline the benefits of teaching design and communication in this multi-disciplinary way. We argue that this team model strengthens the theoretical underpinnings of our course while improving learning outcomes in both communication and design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6643-6650
Number of pages8
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2000
Event2000 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Engineering Education Beyond the Millenium - St. Louis, MO, United States
Duration: Jun 18 2000Jun 21 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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