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The CDIO Initiative (CDIO is a trademarked initialism for Conceive — Design — Implement — Operate) is an innovative educational framework for producing the next generation of engineers. The framework provides students with an education stressing engineering fundamentals set in the context of Conceiving — Designing — Implementing — Operating real-world systems and products. Throughout the world, CDIO Initiative collaborators have adopted CDIO as the framework of their curricular planning and outcome-based assessment.
The CDIO concept was originally conceived at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the late 1990s. In 2000, MIT in collaboration with three Swedish universities - Chalmers University of Technology, Linköping University and the Royal Institute of Technology — formally founded the CDIO Initiative. It became an international collaboration, with universities around the world adopting the same framework.
CDIO collaborators recognize that an engineering education is acquired over a long period and in a variety of institutions, and that educators in all parts of this spectrum can learn from practice elsewhere. The CDIO network therefore welcomes members in a diverse range of institutions ranging from research-led internationally acclaimed universities to local colleges dedicated to providing students with their initial grounding in engineering.
The collaborators maintain a dialogue about what works and what does not and continue to refine the project. Determining additional members of the collaboration is a selective process managed by a Council comprising original members and early adopters.
The CDIO syllabus consists of four parts
- Technical knowledge and reasoning
- Personal and professional skills
- Interpersonal skills
The following institutions collaborate in the CDIO initiative:
CDIO currently has two guide books. Rethinking Engineering Education and Think like an engineer.
- Edward Crawley; Johan Malmqvist; Sören Östlund; Doris Brodeur (2007). Rethinking Engineering Education, The CDIO Approach. Springer. ISBN 978-0-387-38287-6.
- http://www.engsc.ac.uk/er/cdio/index.asp CDIO Retrieved March 29, 2010
- "Wallenberg CDIO documents". Archived from the original on March 16, 2005.
- "CDIO Collaborators". Retrieved December 28, 2011.
- http://www.cdio.org/participate/join-cdio-0 Join CDIO Retrieved March 29, 2010
- Edward F. Crawley (2002). "Creating the CDIO Syllabus, A Universal Template for engineering education" (PDF). Frontiers in Education, 2002. FIE 2002. 32nd Annual. Frontiers in Education 2. IEEE. doi:10.1109/FIE.2002.1158202. ISBN 0-7803-7444-4.
- CDIO Collaborators, retrieved March 29, 2010