Design for Robot Assembly: Challenges of online education

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Abstract

Over the past years, Industry 4.0 technologies and their integrations have provided new production automation forms, making product design very concerned with Design For Robot Assembly. From the educational perspective, this very practical topic is often taught in a lab environment where many resources can be used, demonstrated, and tested. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many institutions to move the teaching activities from onsite to online, while accesses to laboratories became very limited. For theoretical learnings, this transition can be done without experiencing significant issues. However, for practical learnings, several challenges emerge. In this study, we present the transition process from onsite to online of a Design for Robot Assembly workshop and the adaptations to accomplish all practical learnings. The objective is to demonstrate a student-centred approach to learning that is adaptable for an online teaching context. An innovative method of designing and running an online workshop that does not require access to lab facilities is introduced. Furthermore, we summarize the challenges from workshop preparation to the post-workshop discussion. Based on these experiences, we provide suggestions and a guideline for best practices of running an online Design for Robot Assembly workshop, which can also be used for regular online teaching to promote a more practical experience.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProcedia CIRP
Volume100
Pages (from-to)482-487
ISSN2212-8271
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event31st CIRP Design Conference 2021 (CIRP Design 2021) - ONLINE
Duration: 19. May 202121. May 2021

Conference

Conference31st CIRP Design Conference 2021 (CIRP Design 2021)
CityONLINE
Period19/05/202121/05/2021

Keywords

  • Design for Robot Assembly
  • E-learning
  • Online education
  • Workshop

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