Practice-based Engineering Education Using Digital Transformation (DX) Under Covid-19 in a Japanese University


The Engineering Education Center attached to Niigata University has engineer lectures which alternate between lectures and practical experience with dormitory style education. Students from different grades and fields gather and work on manufacturing in a lively and open-minded manner like dormitory students. Students participate in competitions such as robot contests, present their research at international conferences, participate in overseas internships, and experience practical manufacturing in a wide range of ways. Such activities cannot be done without in person meeting, but due to the influence of COVID-19, this format of class has become difficult to carry out. we worked a hybrid dormitory-style education that fused in person meetings and online. By using DX, we are now able to do work at home that could not be done without coming to the center. Specifically, we have made it possible for students to register for entry to each laboratory and monitor the work status from home, and to register their desired usage time on the web. This allows us to limit the number of people in the workspace. Furthermore, by accessing an open platform, we were able to design at home using CAD, etc., and share information with the group. As a result of these efforts, even though many universities decline to participate, we have participated in many competitions and received awards based on our research results. By developing such efforts, we can expect to form an international dormitory team while going back and forth between the real and the virtual formats.

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Takeshi Yamauchi, Niigata University, Japan
Takushi Haneda, Niigata University, Japan
Akira Tsurumaki, Niigata University, Japan
Yasutaka Ueda, Niigata University, Japan
Akira Baba, Niigata University, Japan
Toshio Suzuki, Niigata University, Japan

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Conference: IICE2023
Stream: Curriculum Design & Development

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