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CDIO – Licence to learn


In the field of technology, you are allowed to keep yourself busy.
You will learn by conceiving, designing, implementing and operating.
You will graduate as a new generation engineer.

A developer network started at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1990s, CDIO is particularly aimed at the development of engineering education. It involves more than 30 institutes of higher education from various countries.

CDIO is based on strongly project-oriented and practical operations with the goal of developing engineering education so that the knowledge, skills and attitudes of students during their studies support the development of their transferable skills.

Through practical pedagogical solutions, the teaching provides the students with capabilities for solution-oriented thinking by using activating teaching methods from the very start. CDIO is structured around 12 principles defining the context, curriculum requirements, objectives and structure of the engineering education.

One principle is that, early on in their studies, students are oriented on engineering studies and familiarised with their field of study through a practical project or problem. In the later years of studies, the curriculum also includes projects proceeding from design to implementation.

The purpose is to develop learning from the viewpoints of both the individual and the community by supporting the acquisition of information, development of interpersonal skills and expertise relating to the construction of systems. The learning and the achievement of goals are assessed from various perspectives, also providing the various parties with feedback to ensure continuous development.

With CDIO, it is also possible to develop engineering education to better respond to the challenges resulting from the need for changes in the field of technology, develop teaching methods and assessment practices, improve the usability of the resources available and motivate staff to tackle the challenges in the education. In addition, involvement in the developer network helps establish contacts with international institutes of higher education, thus also generating new development ideas.