TEACHING VIRTUAL PRODUCT DESIGN AT UNIVERSITY LEVEL – A REVIEW OF 3 YEARS OF FRESHMAN STUDENT EDUCATION
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Ahmed Kovacevic, Lyndon Buck, Peter Childs, Stephen Green, Ashley Hall, Aran Dasan
Author: Weigel, Chantal; Jacobs, Georg; Katzwinkel, Tim; Dittmann, Claudia; Konrad, Christian; Sulejmani, Fatmir; van Issum, Daniel
Institution: RWTH Aachen, Germany
Section: Digitalisation of Design and Engineering Education
This paper reviews the teaching of virtual product development during the past semesters for students of mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University. It outlines the specific structure of the course and the exam, and discusses possible impact factors on marks that students achieve. Furthermore, it illustrates challenges in teaching. The so-called digital natives have grown up with computers and digital media. Nevertheless, in education at university level still difficulties using CAD software can be identified.