The CDIO Implementation Kit
The CDIO Implementation Kit (iKit) is a set of papers and other materials that provide methods, tools, and models to help you implement a CDIO approach in your engineering education program. It is intended to assist with your adaptation of the CDIO approach to your own disciplines, universities, and national and regional requirements.
The iKit focuses on descriptions of methodology, case studies, and comparative benchmarking studies from engineering programs at universities who are currently members of the CDIO Initiative.
The intended audience for the iKit includes program leaders, faculty, and instructional support staff working to adapt and implement the CDIO approach in their programs.
If you are just beginning to explore CDIO, we recommend that you read Rethinking Engineering Education – The CDIO Approach. It gives the background and overview of the approach, but it is not intended to be a “how-to” manual. This iKit provides the next level of detail in implementing a CDIO approach.
Hopefully, the materials will save time, allow you to achieve early successes, and help you to identify low-cost and sustainable approaches to engineering education reform.
The Implementation Kit is organized loosely around the CDIO Standards, a set of identified effective practices for engineering education.
For each group of related topics, there is a brief description of the topics with links to papers or reports that explain methods, frameworks, benchmarking studies, and examples of implementation:
The first section addresses CDIO as the Context of engineering education. It also includes information about change and implementation in general. The focus is on:
The Curriculum section includes methods to specify learning outcomes and design curriculum to address them, with an emphasis on students’ introduction to engineering. The focus is on:
- Standard 2 – Learning Outcomes
- Standard 3 – Integrated Curriculum
- Standard 4 – Introduction to Engineering
The section on Design-Implement Experiences and Workspaces includes methods to engage students in authentic engineering activities in well-designed engineering workspaces, as well as suggestions for enhancing the personal, interpersonal, and system building skills of the teaching faculty. The focus in on:
- Standard 5 – Design Implement Experiences
- Standard 6 – Engineering Workspaces
- Standard 9 – Enhancement of Faculty Skills Competence
The Teaching and Learning section describes methods and tools to improve teaching quality, as well as suggestions for enhancing the teaching and assessment skills of the faculty. The focus is on:
- Standard 7 – Integrated Learning Experiences
- Standard 8 – Active Learning
- Standard 10 – Enhancement of Faculty Teaching Competence
The Assessment and Evaluation section includes methods for assessing student learning and evaluating instructional programs. The focus is on:
The suggested process for implementing the CDIO approach starts with the adoption of the principle that CDIO is the context of engineering education, followed by the specification of the intended learning outcomes of the engineering program. These two steps establish the context, program goals, and specific objectives for learning.
The next step is to benchmark your program in four areas: your curriculum, your use of design-implement experiences and workspaces, your approaches to teaching and learning, and your assessment and evaluation practices. With the benchmarking results, you can identify areas for improvement and design your program to meet your goals. On the way to reaching program goals, you will probably find that you need to initiate or strengthen programs that enhance faculty competence in skills and in teaching.
Here are some suggestions to get started:
- Read the first two or three chapters of the book: Rethinking Engineering Education – The CDIO Approach
- Read the section of this website on “Startup Advice”
- Read the section of this website on “Early Successes”
- Attend an Introductory CDIO Workshop (See the schedule of upcoming CDIO meetings)
- Visit another university that has implemented CDIO
- Invite a leader of a CDIO program at another university to meet with you and your colleagues
- Read through the materials in the iKit
Resources in the Knowledge Library provide additional materials to help you adapt CDIO to your university. There, a wider set of materials on these topics is searchable by keyword, author and date.
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