Using Literature Reviews as a Learning Tool for Solid Freeform Fabrication

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2008

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Stucker, Brent

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Over the past six years, students involved in the “Non-Traditional & Additive Manufacturing” course at Utah State University have been assigned an in-depth literature review as one their course projects. This literature review, done in groups of 2 or 3 students, involves becoming an expert on a topic of interest to the students and then presenting this material to the class as an indepth, oral presentation in addition to writing a journal-like review article on the topic. This project has proved to be a consistently effective method for enhancing learning of SFF technologies and their applications, and has been consistently noted by students in their course evaluations as a highly effective teaching tool. The methodology used for assigning and assessing these projects will be explored, in addition to a discussion of the benefits of this project toward meeting ABET criteria for accreditation of engineering programs.

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