Building blocks for flexible and engaging learning environments

Kist, Alexander A. (2010) Building blocks for flexible and engaging learning environments. In: AaeE 2010: Past, Present, Future - the 'Keys' to Engineering Education Research and Practice, 5-8 Dec 2010, Sydney, Australia.

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Abstract

State of the art engineering courses have to address rapidly changing content and nurture the development of graduate attributes. At the same time, students are increasingly time deprived as they have multiple competing commitments. This paper reports on an effort to provide students with multiple learning activities that address frequent changes in teaching materials, but also promote transferable skills and graduate attributes. The main focus of this study is a third year introductory course into computer systems and communication protocols. Building blocks of this innovation have been used in other courses as well. Courses operate in an environment where about 60% of students are located off-campus, many are of mature age. This makes any attempt to change the course challenging, as equity between on-campus and external students has to be preserved. Current building blocks include electronic marking rubrics, flexible assessment deadlines, peer assessment and remote access laboratories. Key goals of these innovations are to foster student engagement, offer opportunities to improve graduate attributes and expose students to a greater coverage of subject content. The aim of this study is to find a balance between lectures, activities, peer engagement and remote laboratory exercises.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: Dr Alexander Kist
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2011 02:14
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: electronic marking rubrics; flexible assessment deadlines; peer assessment; remote access laboratories
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18276

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