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7th International CONCEIVE DESIGN IMPLEMENT OPERATE Conference (CDIO2011)

Step Change Implementation of CDIO – The Aston University Story
Paper
Author:Mark Prince <m.prince1@aston.ac.uk> (Aston University)
Gareth Thomson <g.a.thomson@aston.ac.uk> (Aston University)
Date: 2011-06-20     Track: Main     Session: 1
DOI:10.4122/1.1000054518
DOI:10.4122/1.1000054519

The paper will provide a comprehensive account of the CDIO vision for Aston, the reasons for changing from the established programme and didactic delivery structure, how it has been implemented, the teaching and learning practices that are being employed, the experiences of staff and students involved during its development and practical implementation, and what lessons have been learned from a successful 1st semester. Further to this there will be an attempt to indicate what efficiencies have been gained from restructuring the programmes around the CDIO framework, indicating some of the strengths of adopting more active-learning strategies in modern engineering education.