DS 93: Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2018), Dyson School of Engineering, Imperial College, London. 6th - 7th September 2018

Year: 2018
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Ahmed Kovacevic, Lyndon Buck, Peter Childs, Stephen Green, Ashley Hall, Aran Dasan
Author: Brisco, Ross; Whitfield, Robert Ian; Grierson, Hilary
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Section: New Design and Engineering Education Paradigms
Page(s): 400-405
ISBN: 978-1-912254-02-6


This paper presents how online social network sites (SNSs) are being used by students in distributed engineering design teams to support design activities; and its implications for the future of design education. Ethnographic studies of a Global Design Project (GDP) were conducted from 2015-2017 to collect information on the growing use of SNSs by students. Team diaries were kept, systematically recording observations, and students reported their personal experiences in reports. Nvivo 11 was utilised to code data and make conclusions on team’s collaborative behaviour, and their successes and failures with the technologies used. This study has revealed that students of the GDP have made a change in the way they collaborate by means of SNSs. Evidence shows that students are able to utilise the functionality of SNSs to support the design process, design activities and design thinking. The growth of SNSs within academia and industry suggest that students will need to utilise the technology or at least the functionalities of SNSs in the future. It is important to question how future engineering design education might be delivered and how social network site functionality can be best used.

Keywords: Social network site, collaborative design, engineering design, project-based learning


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