Project Work on Wellbeing in Multidisciplinary Student Teams: A Triple Testimonial on EPS at Artesis

DS 74: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE12) Design Education for Future Wellbeing, Antwerp, Belguim, 06-07.9.2012

Year: 2012
Editor: Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Author: Baelus, Chris; Dani, Sarah Rohaert
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Artesis University College, Belgium
Section: Wellbeing
Page(s): 543-548
ISBN: 978-1-904670-36-0


international educational concept, in 2012 the Artesis University College became the first Belgian EPS provider to offer a multidisciplinary EPS programme in close collaboration with the following study programs: product development, engineering, business studies, social work and teacher training. This paper reflects on the learning process for the teaching staff and the 16 students who have participated to the first edition. First, insights related to the preparation, initiation and overall implementation of this new multidisciplinary teaching approach and interdepartmental semester program are discussed. Second, we focus especially on one specific EPS project which addressed the development of smart textile applications in health care. Reflections and lessons learned are shared from the complementary perspective of the EPS study programme coordinator, the ’smart textile applications’ team supervisor and an engineering student who participated in this project.

Keywords: Multidisciplinary teams, project and problem based learning, smart textile, healthcare


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