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Shaping Good Old-Fashioned Students: A Work In Progress
The modern engineering student must practice lifelong and self-directed learning competences throughout their instructor-guided learning in college. Public secondary education has failed to equip most graduates with the learning skills needed for success in higher education and beyond. Engineering education has a history of innovation in instruction. Yet, practicing engineers need the tools common to lifelong learners across generations and cultures. The common learning traits and skills of previous generations create a framework for developing lifelong learning competencies through careful structuring of learning activities in all levels of engineering classes. The framework described in this paper can help engineering instructors evaluate learning activities to help students become self-directed and lifelong learners.