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The emerging self-directed learning methods for design engineers

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For learning opportunities to exist in an organisation, adequate learning methods need to be available in the organisation. This paper looks at the various learning methods for engineers in the design environment adopted by two automotive organisations. With greater work demands placed on the engineer and less time to learn, a more self-directed learning approach is emerging. Emphasis is on the engineering design environment because of the continuous need for design engineers to keep updated with current engineering information, knowledge and techniques. By having the right learning climate and methods available in the organisation, the individual can engage in self-directed learning; the effects of which are beneficial to organisational learning and the design engineer's self-development.
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Keywords: Computer-Based Training; Learning Styles; Self-Managed Learning; Workplace Learning

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 22, 2003

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