IJSSH 2016 Vol.6(10): 756-762 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2016.V6.744

The Concept and Practice of Creativity Workshop for Engineering and Technology Education in Universities of Technology

Jen Chia Chang and Pei Jou Chiu
Abstract—Engineering and technology education is an important element contributing to national development, socioeconomics, and talent nurturing progress, while creative thinking is even considered one of the most important abilities required of present and future talents in engineering and design fields. In this study, targeting teachers and students of institutes of higher education in Taiwan, the “2015 Creativity Workshop for Future Engineers” course was conducted. In addition, through creative skills, technology commercialization, and creative teaching (teacher group), creative projects (student group), and other topic learning and exchanges, a survey on learner satisfaction was carried out. Findings show high overall learner satisfaction, especially the environment that consistently gained recognition. As for lecturer performance, the teachers showed higher satisfaction than the students. In the course, the teachers demonstrated keener learning compared to the students. Hence, it is suggested that teachers be adopted as targeted in related future course contents in order to enhance their creative ability and knowledge. Furthermore, the course content will be developed into a framework of engineering and technology education related topic courses, which shall serve as a reference for course design. It is hoped that teaching and learning will head towards the direction of creativity and innovation.

Index Terms—Creativity, engineering and technology education, project work, workshop.

The authors are with the Graduate Institute of Technological and Vocational Education, National Taipei University of Technology, Box 4037, No.1, Sec. 3, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Taipei City, 10608, Taiwan (e-mail: jc5839@ntut.edu.tw, pjal00024@mail.ntut.edu.tw).

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Cite: Jen Chia Chang and Pei Jou Chiu, "The Concept and Practice of Creativity Workshop for Engineering and Technology Education in Universities of Technology," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 6, no. 10, pp. 756-762, 2016.

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