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Teemu Tokola, Niklas Saari, Juha Kälkäinen, and Juha Röning. 2019. Digital Fabrication in Promoting Student Engagement and Motivation in University Courses. In Proceedings of the FabLearn Europe 2019 Conference (FabLearn Europe '19). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 4, 3 pages. DOI:

Digital fabrication in promoting student engagement and motivation in university courses

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Author: Tokola, Teemu1; Saari, Niklas1; Kälkäinen, Juha1;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-09-03


Project work represents a significant part of university studies, making them an important concern for teaching development. Many universities have used international engineering competitions such as the Eurobot robotics competition as a tool in engaging and motivating students. Based on a theory on why these competitions are successful, we propose how smaller-scale projects can use digital fabrication and joint projects to reach similar results. We present a case study of an ongoing robotics project course in the field of computer engineering, showing how a practical implementation of these ideas and how the field-specific problem of software intercommunication and interoperability can be solved using the Robotic Operating System software framework. While the course is still in progress, initial observations indicate that the course is going to be successful.

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ISBN: 978-1-4503-6266-5
Article number: 4
DOI: 10.1145/3335055.3335059
Host publication: Proceedings of the FabLearn Europe 2019 Conference , 28-29 May, Oulu, Finland
Conference: FabLearn Europe Conference
Type of Publication: B3 Article in conference pro-ceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
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