Visualizing 17 years of CDIO influence via bibliometric data analysis

Alexandra Meikleham, Ron Hugo, Aldert Kamp, Johan Malmqvist

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    visualizing multi-dimensional indicators of influence in communities of practice (Youtie & Shapira, 2008). Such an approach has been used to map emerging fields of research such as synthetic biology and nanotechnology (Shapira, Kwon, & Youtie, 2017; Youtie & Shapira, 2008). Using this approach, one can track citation and social network data over time to develop a deeper understanding of the influence of the CDIO initiative on engineering education publications since its inception (i.e., the past 17 years). In this paper, bibliometric data analysiswill be used to examine how publications on the CDIO Initiative have evolved. Visualizations are presented using an open-source visualization tool, VOSViewer, and used to understand geographic distribution and co-authorship. A word frequency and co-occurrence analysis has been used to analyze title and abstract data over the same time period. Geographic author network analysis reveals continued growth in regional collaborations over the past seventeen years. Co-authorship by author name reveals a core community of researchers, which has diverged over time into dispersed collaboration groups. Word co-occurrence analysis of title and abstract data from Scopus reveals that design-implement and project-based learning activities have been the central topic of CDIO-related engineering education literature over this time period. An analysis of the terms “faculty competence” and “learning assessment” indicates that these topics are comparatively under-served in the literature, representing fertile research topics for practitioners. The benefit of this research is to provide insight to past development areas and opportunities for growth in the CDIO Initiative.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe 14th International CDIO Conference
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings – Full Papers
    EditorsCasey Bean, Jens Bennedsen, Kristina Edström, Ron Hugo, Janne Röslof, Robert Songer, Tomohito Yamamoto
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Print)978-4-906122-53-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    Event14th International CDIO Conference - Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Kanazawa, Japan
    Duration: 28 Jun 20182 Jul 2018


    Conference14th International CDIO Conference
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    • CDIO framework
    • Engineering education
    • technological innovation
    • product innovation


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