Abstract: The paradigm the new European Higher Education Area places us in together with the teaching/learning guidelines and models demands the teacher adapt his/her function considering new methods which locate the students in the centre of this process. In this context the experience of the subject ‘Advanced forming and moulding techniques’ taught in 5th course of the Industrial Engineering qualification at the Bilbao Engineering Faculty (UPV/EHU), is presented. This subject must be taken by students opting for intensification in Mechanical Manufacturing. The subject is taught over tour months with 30 students per group on average, where a methodology based on Scoring Rubrics was set up.
Abstract: Since the birth of European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the higher education institutions of European countries have been involved in the complex process of re-designing of their curricula according to the new educational criteria oriented to the convergence of contents and methodologies in teaching university curricula. According to the principles pursued by the so named Bologna process, the present work is focused on the description of experiences accumulated by these authors in adaptation of their courses of manufacturing engineering, as a previous stage to complete re-formulation of study plans for engineering programmes that are taught in Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Industrial (ETSII) of Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena. The strategies followed for the enhancement of the interest of students towards the theoretical and practical teachings, and the promotion of traverse and specific competences specially associated to these courses are explained in this work, as well as the academic results provided by the new educational methodologies assumed for the teaching-learning process.
Abstract: Computer-Aided Learning is currently applied for improving educational methods in order to reach teaching objectives in experimental fields, which are in a continuous renovation process. So, handling new machines learning cannot be usually carried out in Teaching Centres because of the high economical inversion required. Furthermore, the number of students / number of machines ratio is too high. This acquires special relevance in technical studies where practical learning is essential.
In this work, a virtual learning and training application for a CNC lathe is presented into a virtual learning environment developed in the Manufacturing Engineering Labs of the University of Cadiz.
Abstract: With the necessity to improve the teaching techniques of the processing technologies, in the present paper is showed the development and implantation of a application software that will serve to aid the student of the electro discharge machining process in the decision making process planning this non-conventional manufacture method. This application software manages the totality of the electro discharge machining process, in the die sinking case, by means of the creation of a data base with the necessary parameters of machining. To do these specific tasks, this application makes the data acquisition in analytical form of the machining values that the student tries to reach and has also a graphical environment form to define the geometry of the wished cavity. Finally it exposes the results in a didactic form expressed in a sheet of manufacture operations..
Abstract: This paper presents SimUned-CN, software to learn the programming for Computer Numerical Control Machine Tools. This software is able to interpret any code of numerical control and simulates both lathes as milling machines. In addition, it has developed a help system for users less experts. Finally, the application takes up a small size, requires few resources and is able to run on most computers.
Abstract: It has developed a methodology to implement the Project Group Based Learning (PGBL) to solve the problems associated with the introduction of an innovative process conditioned by different types of restrictions, both the structure and type of curriculum, teaching resources available. This paper describes the characteristics of the experiences in PGBL in class practices related Technologies and Manufacturing Processes in ETSII of Vigo, as a part of changing habits and methods based on educational experiences which occurs in different countries of the European Area of Higher Education. We can conclude that the PGBL is a good alternative to the traditional education, especially to address and solve the real problems that require application of knowledge in Mechanical Manufacturing.
Abstract: In this work the results obtained with the virtualisation of manufacturing processes engineering practices at Malaga University are analyzed. This educative innovation tool allows to increase the efficiency of students learning because they can have available previously, by means of the computer, the different practise classes that they will do later. The results show this improvement obtained with the preliminary realization in virtual way in relation to make only an attended practise being present at the laboratory.
Abstract: The adaptation of the Spanish university system to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) requires a thorough review of the teaching methodologies. The student must be able to apply the knowledge acquired in the seeking of optimal solutions to real complex problems that involve multiple interrelated variables. Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a successful and innovative method to meet this objective.
This paper aims to describe experiences of PBL within manufacturing subjects. The paper shows the great potential of this learning method as well as its main difficulties, especially for monitoring and evaluation of large groups of students. Suggestions, based on the teaching experience of the authors, are made to improve the use of such learning activities.