CDIO Standards Implementation and Further Development in Russia

CDIO Standards Implementation and Further Development in Russia

Alexander I. Chuchalin (Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3395-5.ch008

Abstract

Russian experience in the implementation of CDIO (conceive, design, implement, operate) standards for modernization of BEng programs focused on graduate training for complex engineering activity are considered. The CPD program “Applying CDIO Standards in Engineering Education” for managers and faculty staff at Russian HEIs is described. Further development of the CDIO concept for MSc and PhD engineering programs design are discussed taking into account the priorities of innovative and research engineering activities. The FCDI (forecast, conceive, design, implement) standards focused on MSc program graduate training for innovative engineering activity and FFCD (foresight, forecast, conceive, design) standards focused on PhD program graduate training for research engineering activity are presented.
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Cdio Standards Implementation

The CDIO Standards have become popular in many Russian engineering HEIs.

In 2010 the Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) began to implement CDIO Standards to modernization of BEng engineering programs. In 2011 TPU formally joined the CDIO Initiative as the first Russian university member. In 2014 the first cohort of Bachelors, trained at TPU under the CDIO programs, graduated. The CDIO programs at TPU were accredited by the Association of Engineering Education of Russia (EUR-ACE Labeled) and by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (USA), the most prestigious engineering organization in the world. Thus, the high quality of the TPU CDIO programs was officially confirmed. Following the example of ТPU a dozen Russian HEIs have implemented the CDIO Standards and formally joined the CDIO Initiative.

In 2013 TPU and Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) designed and piloted a joint CPD program “Applying CDIO Standards in Engineering Education” in order to ensure proper preparation of managers and faculty staff at Russian HEIs to use the CDIO approach. The CPD program was based on the experience and best practice of engineering programs’ modernization at universities participating in the CDIO Initiative. In total, 27 experts from 6 Russian HEIs: TPU, Skoltech, Ural Federal University, Astrakhan State University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radio-electronics and 5 foreign HEIs: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands), Technical University of Denmark, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) were involved in the design of teaching and learning (T&L) materials, as well as in the program implementation (Chuchalin, Tayurskaya, & Malmqvist, 2015).

The CPD program consist of 5 modules designed in compliance with the CDIO model: Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate. At the initial stage, the trainees define the particular engineering program (course) to be improved by applying the acquired knowledge and skills. While studying the sections of the 1st module, the trainees pass through the ‘Conceive’ stage of the particular engineering program (course). They develop program (course) objectives and learning outcomes necessary for future professional activity and make them aligned with the key stakeholders (employers). Individual projects of the 2nd and 3rd modules are focused on the ‘Design’ and ‘Operate’ stages of the particular engineering program and its elements. During the 4th module at the ‘Implement’ stage, the trainees develop assessment methods and criteria of students learning outcomes achievement, as well as evaluate the particular engineering program for its compliance with CDIO Standards. The 5th module is devoted to faculty staff development for CDIO implementation and enhancing their competency for teaching.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Research Engineering Activity: Activity aimed at creating scientific basis for innovative engineering activity.

Accreditation Criteria: Criteria for evaluation and accreditation of Engineering Programs.

CDIO Standards for BEng Programs: Standards for Bachelor of Engineering degree programs design and implementation focused on graduate training for complex engineering activity (conceive, design, implement, operate).

FFCD Standards for PhD Engineering Programs: Standards for philosophy doctor degree engineering programs design and implementation focused on graduate training for research engineering activity (foresight, forecast, conceive, design).

FCDI Standards for MSc Engineering Programs: Standards for Master of Science degree engineering programs design and implementation focused on graduate training for innovative engineering activity (forecast, conceive, design, implement).

Innovative Engineering Activity: Activity aimed at forecast, conceive, design, and implement innovative engineering products, processes and systems.

CPD Program for Faculty: Program for continuing professional development of higher education institution faculty members.

MOOC Format: Format for massive open online course design and implementation.

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