Industrial Project Assessment Using Virtual Means – A Way Forward?

DS 74: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE12) Design Education for Future Wellbeing, Antwerp, Belguim, 06-07.9.2012

Year: 2012
Editor: Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Author: Vaitkevicius, Simon Paul
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Nokia UK Ltd, United Kingdom
Section: Assessment
Page(s): 317-321
ISBN: 978-1-904670-36-0


The involvement of industry within university environments providing collaborative projects are well established and has provided some good results over time with many higher education institutions (HEI). The main issue with collaborative projects has been the time taken out of the workplace for the industry contacts and their availability to set and assess the project results in a timely manner, in person. This in effect may limit the enthusiasm for industrial partners to become involved in the setting of projects and allowing industrial staff time to commit to setting and marking the results. The paper will focus on examples of industry collaborative projects where there has been an element of setting and assessing student’s work using virtual tools such as teleconference, web based live meetings and video conferencing. The paper will focus on the industrial and HEI perspectives on the methods and develop a time and cost effective framework for future collaborations for all involved.

Keywords: Industrial collaboration, design projects, ‘live’ briefs, industrial briefs, virtual meeting tools


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