The use of social network sites in a global engineering design project

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Abstract

The global design project challenges students from three European universities to work in engineering design teams on the development of a product. To execute the design process, students have chosen to utilise social network sites as a platform for communication and collaboration. The aim of the study was to investigate how students were utilising social network sites as part of their collaborative work during the global design project and their views on the level of support given. A survey and semi-formal interviews were used to collect data on views and the use of social network sites. The study reveals: (1) the popularity of different social network sites for social and academic tasks, (2) the expectation of support students' and academics' think is required, and (3) a need for greater guidance in the use of social network sites. The use of social network sites by students' is discussed with a focus on how they can be better supported in future projects. This paper proposes that students' and academic staff require guidance on the best practices for using social network sites in global design projects to support students' education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17)
Place of PublicationGlasgow
Pages59-68
Number of pages10
Volume9
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventICED17, 21st International Conference on Engineering Design - The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada., Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 21 Aug 201725 Aug 2017
Conference number: 21
http://iced17.org/
http://iced17.org/

Publication series

NameICED
PublisherThe Design Society
ISSN (Print)2220-4334
ISSN (Electronic)2220-4342

Conference

ConferenceICED17, 21st International Conference on Engineering Design
Abbreviated titleICED17
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period21/08/1725/08/17
Internet address

Keywords

  • collaborative design
  • design education
  • teamwork
  • social media

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