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Learning Mechatronics: In Collaborative, Experimental and International settings
KTH, Superseded Departments, Machine Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3699-5049
2002 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

The academic subject of mechatronics has been definedpreviously in numerous publications. This study aims atanalyzing mechatronics by using categories developed within theeducational science of Didactics. The result of the analysis,that relies on data from mechatronics education at KTH andother universities, shows that the identity of mechatronics canbe described as thematic, and the legitimacy as functional,which gives implications for the questions of communication andselection: what should be taught, and how. This is combinedwith a study of the evolution of the subject of mechatronics,where it is possible to see the gradually changing identity,from a combination of a number of disciplinary subjects to onethematic subject.

The first part of the thesis concludes that mechatronics isautonomous, thematic and functional. Teaching and learningmechatronics according to the identity and legitimacy of thesubject benefits from collaborative, experimental andinternational settings. The functional legitimacy todayrequires the collaborative and the international setting,meaning that the mechatronics employer requires these skillswhen employing a mechatronic engineer. Further, an exemplifyingselection requires the experimental setting, in particular whencomparing a representative selection with the reproduction ofknowledge, and an exemplifying selection with the creation ofknowledge.

To conclude, there are a number of important aspects to takeinto account when teaching and learning mechatronics. Three ofthese aspects, collaborative, experimental and internationalare suggested as important, and also a direct consequence ofthe identity of mechatronics. This thesis shows that thesethree aspects are indeed possible to integrate intomechatronics education, which will benefit greatly fromthis.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH , 2002. , xi, 34 p.
Series
Trita-MMK, ISSN 1400-1179 ; 2002:20
Keyword [en]
Mechatronics, engineering education, collaborative-, experimental-, distributed- and opportunity learning, prototype design
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-1515OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-1515DiVA: diva2:7418
Note
QC 20100609Available from: 2003-02-13 Created: 2003-02-13 Last updated: 2010-06-09Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. What is Mechatronics?: Proposing a Didactical Approach to Mechatronics
Open this publication in new window or tab >>What is Mechatronics?: Proposing a Didactical Approach to Mechatronics
2001 (English)In: Proceedings of the 1st Baltic Sea Workshop on Education in Mechatronics, 2001Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-8950 (URN)
Conference
1st Baltic Sea Workshop on Education in Mechatronics
Note
QC 20100609Available from: 2005-12-21 Created: 2005-12-21 Last updated: 2012-02-09Bibliographically approved
2. Mechatronics: the Evolution of an Academic Discipline in Engineering Education
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mechatronics: the Evolution of an Academic Discipline in Engineering Education
2005 (English)In: Mechatronics (Oxford), ISSN 0957-4158, E-ISSN 1873-4006, Vol. 15, no 2, 179-192 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

 In a didactic approach to mechatronics, the academic subject can be defined according to four dimensions: identity, legitimacy, selection and communication. A result of defining the legitimacy of mechatronics as functional is that the ultimate identity can be viewed as thematic. Following this, a model is proposed to describe the evolution of mechatronics, from a disciplinary identity towards a thematic. The move from a disciplinary identity to a thematic is divided into six stages, each represented by a characteristic view and academic practice of the subject. To further illustrate this evolutional process examples from various universities in northern Europe are given. The universities analysed for this purpose presents examples for stages 3-5 in the model; stages represented by a change in courses (stage 3), a change in curricula (stage 4) and by a change in organization (stage 5).

Keyword
mechatronics evolution, education, didactical analysis
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-8952 (URN)10.1016/j.mechatronics.2004.07.010 (DOI)000226871200003 ()2-s2.0-12244291933 (Scopus ID)
Note

QC 20100922

Available from: 2005-12-21 Created: 2005-12-21 Last updated: 2016-05-18Bibliographically approved
3. Collaborative Learning in Mechatronics with Globally Distributed Teams
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Collaborative Learning in Mechatronics with Globally Distributed Teams
2003 (English)In: International journal of engineering education, ISSN 0949-149X, Vol. 19, no 4, 569-574 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The subject of mechatronics has been taught at the Mechatronics Lab, Royal Institute Of Technology (KTH) since 1984. The educational model is based on the four didactical questions: the questions of identity, legitimacy, selection and communication; and as a result there are strong intentions of communicating the subject of mechatronics in an interactive fashion, with an exemplifying selection. Due to the emerging issue of globalisation an attempt has been made to internationalise the education in mechatronics, and this article aims at investigating the possibilities of expanding the questions of selection and communication to also enrol the added aspects of international collaborative learning in mechatronics. Among the conclusions are, besides enhanced motivation for the students, signs of improved disciplinary learning, improved communicational skills and an education which better prepares students for future careers and work in a global area.

Keyword
Information dissemination, Students, Teaching
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-8953 (URN)000185821900012 ()
Note
QC 20100609Available from: 2005-12-21 Created: 2005-12-21 Last updated: 2010-09-03Bibliographically approved
4. The Challenge of Distance: Opportunity Learning in Transnational Collaborative Educational Settings
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Challenge of Distance: Opportunity Learning in Transnational Collaborative Educational Settings
2004 (English)In: International journal of engineering education, ISSN 0949-149X, Vol. 20, no 4, 619-627 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Engineering education has traditionally offered prohlem-based, project-organized courses with a view to preparing students for their future career. Several universities have engaged in collaborative projects that offer courses in an international educational setting. In this article we present the results of an exploratory study of one such program involving students enrolled in separate Masters programs in Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering at KTH, Sweden, and Stanford University, USA. The empirical data collected indicate improved interdisciplinary learning and increased knowledge and skills in related areas. It is argued that the problems posed by differences in time and space present learning opportunities.

Keyword
Mechatronics, Teams
National Category
Mechanical Engineering Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-8954 (URN)000223907000014 ()2-s2.0-4043052368 (Scopus ID)
Note
QC 20100609Available from: 2005-12-21 Created: 2005-12-21 Last updated: 2011-11-01Bibliographically approved
5. Providing a framework for prototype design of Mechatronic systems: A field study of an international collaborative educational project using the Mechatronic Learning Concept
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Providing a framework for prototype design of Mechatronic systems: A field study of an international collaborative educational project using the Mechatronic Learning Concept
2002 (English)In: Proceedings of the 3rd European Workshop on Education in Mechatronics, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2002Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-8957 (URN)
Conference
3rd European Workshop on Education in Mechatronics
Note
QC 20100609Available from: 2005-12-21 Created: 2005-12-21 Last updated: 2012-02-09Bibliographically approved

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