Our Engineering Education team are developing modules with active, experiential, Gold Standard Project Based Learning (GSPBL) to prepare our graduates for the 4th Industrial Revolution.
The Exeter Digital Enterprise Systems (ExDES) laboratory is a key part of the engineering management research and PGT education. ExDES is offering our students hands-on experiential learning of the latest Industry 4.0 technologies, training students to generate and implement multi-disciplinary, advanced, and smart engineering applications in a student-centred, and competence-orientated ways.
Entrepreneurship modules prepare students for pitching ideas via presentations, Business Model Canvas, promotional videos and company websites. We have two Entrepreneurs in Residence (EiR, Nick Russill and Steve Senior) working alongside our team through Royal Society funding and our students are taught to adapt to rapidly changing technology, develop 21st Century Skills and apply entrepreneurial competence to solve complex problems. This activity feeds into the 8-week Pre-Incubator & Incubator programmes and events such as Elevate: Engineers in Business run by the StartUp team. Building a new culture of early prototyping and practical iteration is a key focus in the new Engineering Programme and maker spaces will be at the core of building a new culture of facilitation rather than teaching, with a shift towards experiential, student-led learning.
The new Engineering Maker Space facilitates creativity through Design Thinking and encourage students to use ideation, prototyping and iterative experimentation to learn from failure and refine their innovation skills. We work with the SETSquared team to develop a pathway from our Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship education programmes to develop advanced technology prototypes and proof of concept in the new Technology Exploration Lab in the Science Park with the chance for entrepreneurs to build external networks and gain industry mentoring.
Our current research areas are:
- Teaching/learning factory in engineering education
- The use of blended design thinking processes to embed creative thinking and innovation in engineering students
- Applying blended GSPBL to strategic curriculum design to develop students with 21st Century Skills aligned to EntreComp
- Creating experiential on-site industry linked projects with 4th industrial revolution technologies to generate technology push start-ups in an ecosystem of maker spaces
Cory, CZ, Cory, A & Howells, CH. 2020. Case Study 2.5, Chapter 2: How do we protect students’ collaboration skills? In: Gibbs, B & Wood, GC, (eds.) Emerging Stronger: Lasting Impact from Crisis Innovation. Godalming: Engineering Professors’ Council.
Cory CZ & Howells CH. 2020. Curriculum design using Gold Standard Project Based Learning (GSPBL) to develop 21st Century Skills for success in the 4IR. Advance HE STEM Conference. Manchester.
Cory CZ, Carroll S & Sucala VI, 2019. Paper, Embedding project based learning and entrepreneurship in engineering education. Engineering Professors’ Council (EPC) and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) joint conference - New Approaches to Engineering Higher Education in Practice, IET London.
Cory CZ, Sucala VI & Carroll S. 2019. The development of a Gold Standard Project Based Learning (GSPBL) engineering curriculum to improve Entrepreneurial Competence for success in the 4th industrial revolution. Proceedings of the 47th SEFI Annual Conference - Complexity is the new Normality. Budapest.
Sucala VI, Carroll S & Cory CZ. 2019. A new model of entrepreneurship education for engineering students. Proceedings of the 47th SEFI Annual Conference - Complexity is the new Normality. Budapest.
Sucala, VI. 2019. Mission (im)possible? Teaching social sciences to engineering students. Proceedings of the 47th SEFI Annual Conference - Complexity is the new Normality. Budapest.
Sucala, VI, Cory, CZ & Carroll, S. 2019. Presentation, Embedding project-based learning and entrepreneurship in engineering education. Conference on New Approaches to Engineering Higher Education organised by the Engineering Professors’ Council (EPC) and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). London
Cory, CZ. 2019. Project Based Learning (PBL) for developing technical and entrepreneurial 21st Century Skills in engineering students, Video presentation at the AMPS conference Education, Design and Practice - Understanding skills in a Complex World, Stevens Institute, New York / New Jersey.
Cory CZ. 2019. Keynote Presentation: Project Based Learning (PBL): Equipping Students with 21st-Century Skills. EduExe Conference. University of Exeter.