A Method for Learning Software Tools in Engineering Education

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Software tools are an essential part of the teaching environment in engineering studies. Introducing new technologies into the curriculum means a considerable amount of work for the teacher, and many teachers do not feel comfortable unless they completely master a software application and all aspects of a technology. In an already pressured schedule, it may be difficult to find the time to do so. Consequently, students often use older software or the teacher’s preferred software, even though the applications may not be suited to the students’ tasks. This paper addresses the concept of forming training classes consisting of teachers and students, with the purpose of learning software tools and new technology in a quick and efficient way. The idea originates from the experience the authors had teaching a group of students the basics of the engineering calculation software Mathcad. The method is general and can be used for learning all kinds of software, and is not limited to software for engineering purposes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnical University of Denmark : World Innovations in Engineering Education and Research
Number of pages444
Place of PublicationArlington, VA 22205, USA
PublisherBegell House
Publication date2007
EditionInnovations 2007
ISBN (Print)978-0-9741252-6-8
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


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