Suitability of Project-Based Learning (PBL) in Mechanical Design Education
Gadala, Mohamed S.
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This paper discusses the suitability of Project-Based learning (PBL) in mechanical design education. We first introduce project-based learning and highlight its main differences with problem-based learning. We discuss the advantages, disadvantages and highlight main obstacles in application of this approach. The suitability of PBL in mechanical design education is then discussed by first investigating goals and typical curriculum in such education and various aspects of implementing PBL. Reference to experience in applying the technique in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia is highlighted. Brief assessment and review of existing assessment of the approach are discussed.