Workshop on Engineering Design Education and O2O Approach Held in Shanghai


(Dec. 19, Shanghai) The Workshop on Engineering Design Education and O2O Approach sponsored by DeTao and initiated by Professor Yan Jin, DeTao Master of International Engineering Design, was held in Professor Jin's Creative Design Studio at the Shanghai DeTao CCIC Building on Dec. 18 and 19, 2014. A variety of professors and delegates attended the workshop, coming from established institutions such as Tsinghua University, Peking University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beihang University, Zhejiang University, Nanjing Tech University, Shantou University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tongji University, Japan's Ritsumeikan University, Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, and Yiban Development Center of China’s Ministry of Education.

On the morning of Dec. 18, the seminar opened with the remarks of Professor Yan Jin, DeTao Master of International Engineering Design. He extended his warmest welcome to the participants and briefed them on DeTao’s competitive resources, service philosophy and studio service. His introduction also covered agenda and topics for discussion during the two days and expressed his hope that participants would be candid in voicing their views on the development and research of China’s engineering design education.

Following Professor Jin’s opening comments, the seminar got well under way. Participants introduced the progress of engineering design majors at their respective universities and voiced their views on the deficiencies and prospects of China’s current engineering design education. Professor Jin followed with a detailed introduction on engineering design education at the University of Southern California. Such international teaching methodology aroused the interest of participants and resulted in lively discussion for several hours.

Mr. G. Ristock, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California, who was also a student of Professor Jin and his assistant, delivered an inspiring speech at the seminar. He updated the participants on his projects and research in the US, sharing with them the cutting-edge technologies and approaches to engineering design education.

The participants visited Shanghai DeTao CCIC Building later that afternoon and indulged in pleasant talks with Masters of the studios. They were impressed by the diverse studios and their unique design.

As the workshop proceeded, Professor Jin introduced the O2O structure and the philosophy of the course Design Theory and Approach. The participants openly expressed their views, and the discussions developed in an easy manner. They showed considerable interest in the O2O teaching methodology and came up with a series of questions and comments. They were ready to work with DeTao to introduce Professor Jin’s Design Theory and Approach course along with the O2O teaching method to their universities.

On the second day of the workshop, Ms. Xu Jing, Head of DeTao online course project, shared the production procedures and teamwork mechanism of DeTao’s online courses. Both Professor Jin and G. Ristock introduced the progress and requirements of class projects, tests and coursework, while Professor Jin went on to demonstrate previous assignments as case studies. During the subsequent discussions, participants exchanged ideas in which Professor Jin’s course could be introduced to their universities, resulting in a number of constructive options.

Finally, the seminar concluded with an agreement by all participants: their universities would join hands to engage in and promote the Design Theory and Approach course of Professor Jin in addition to the O2O teaching process. This signaled a major breakthrough for DeTao’s O2O education project and a successful initiative in engineering design education.