Hands-on teaching

The ECAM Engineering programme uses a wide range of teaching approaches, combining traditional methods (lectures and tutorials) with more innovative methods such as Project-Based Learning, MOOC, Flipped classroom learning, interactive methods (games, theatre, role playing etc..)

Project based learning:

This approach allows the students to mix theory and practice using the knowledge and skills they have acquired in different disciplines. Students undertake several projects during their course: at least 1 scientific and transversal (i.e. multidisciplinary) project per semester. As the student progresses, the projects become more complex (in terms of their objectives, demands and group size).

Some project examples :

  • « Mechanical engineering Video » project: In groups of four, first year students carry out an experiment to demonstrate a physics principle they have studied in class and they then make a 5 minute « video of the experience». Project Length: 1 month.
  • « Weather station» project: in groups of 3, using an existing weather station for inspiration, second year students create their own weather station. During this project they put into practice their knowledge and skills in different domains: mechanical engineering design & CAD (modelling of mechanical parts in 3D), electricity/electronics (analysis of an electrical signal, programming an Arduino board), programming (displaying the results on a screen), FH (group work, communication), manufacturing (construction of mechanical parts in 3D printer) among others.

Interactive Methods:

These methods allow students to perform simulations (through role playing, videos, theatre and serious games etc.), thereby enabling their skills in information exchange and experience sharing to be brought to the fore.

Some examples:

  • At the beginning of the year, during the team-building seminar (EENG1): a game to encourage teamwork. Students are asked to create a work of art with straws. As the game progresses, new constraints, such as placing one hand behind their back, are imposed.