Nine Years of Systematic CAD Course Development: What Did We Learn?

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Computer-Aided Design (CAD) plays a vital role in the curriculums of mechanical engineering degree programs, empowering students to conceptualize and visualize their designs, thus enhancing their abilities as engineers. This abstract presents the implementation of a multi-CAD course conducted between 2014 and 2022, catering to hundreds of students from diverse disciplines, including mechanical and civil engineering. Throughout the course, student feedback was systematically collected to assess learning outcomes and measure the effectiveness of different learning tools and methods.
The course employed a range of tools, including automatically graded quizzes and a dedicated CAD model assessment system, which not only lightened the workload of teaching assistants in terms of assessment but also allowed them to focus on guiding and supporting students. Additionally, surveys conducted at the beginning and mid-term stages provided valuable insights into students' initial proficiency levels and their study patterns during the course.
Significantly, the course successfully transitioned to fully online teaching during the period of remote instruction from 2020 to 2022. Lessons learned during this time were integrated into the regular practicalities of CAD course teaching, ensuring continued effectiveness and adaptability.
Improvements in student performance and feedback, observed during the implementation of the multi-CAD course, demonstrate the impact and success of the teaching methods employed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSEFI 2023 - 51st Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering Education for Sustainability, Proceedings
EditorsGer Reilly, Mike Murphy, Balazs Vince Nagy, Hannu-Matti Jarvinen
Place of PublicationDublin
PublisherSociété européenne pour la formation des ingénieurs
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-87352-026-7
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2023
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventAnnual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education - TU Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 10 Sept 202314 Sept 2023
Conference number: 51


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education
Abbreviated titleSEFI
Internet address


  • CAD
  • course development
  • feedback
  • mechanical engineering
  • Engineering Skills and Competences
  • Curriculum Development


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