TikiWiki: a tool to support engineering design students in concept generation

Wodehouse, A., Grierson, H., Ion, W. J. , Juster, N., Lynn, A. and Stone, A. L. (2004) TikiWiki: a tool to support engineering design students in concept generation. In: 7th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Delft, Netherlands, 2 - 3 September 2004.

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For student design engineers, the concept generation stage of the design process is usually one of most creative, but poses problems in handling large amounts of information when developing new ideas. Storing such information digitally potentially makes its retrieval and utilisation quicker and easier - ideal for the inherently spontaneous nature of the concept generation task. There is, however, currently a low use of existing electronic resources amongst undergraduate students. This paper discusses how a group of product design engineering students were encouraged to use TikiWiki, a groupware product, as an integral part of a design project. It was observed that a digital repository has a positive effect on concept generation, despite the logistical problems with moving information into the digital domain. Students were able to better interact with the information, evidenced by hierarchical and well constructed topic information resources, a high number of ‘hits’ on their Wiki pages, clear references to information used in concept design templates and instances of ‘topic-led’ designs where the research carried out by a group clearly influenced design direction. Additionally, students showed a strong preference for browsing the structured Wiki pages they had created rather than searching with keywords, in keeping with the open-ended nature of concept generation.

Keywords:Concept generation, information, organisation
Divisions:Professional services > Vice Chancellors Office
ID Code:47148
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