Incorporating a variety of assessment tools in a web-based postgraduate course developed for practicing engineers

Aravinthan, Thiru (2010) Incorporating a variety of assessment tools in a web-based postgraduate course developed for practicing engineers. 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

Practicing engineers seek to enhance their careers through upgrading skills. Coursework based postgraduate programs are being offered by various institutions targeting these engineers. While face-to-face lectures are feasible in certain circumstances, these courses are ideally suited for web-based delivery, due its flexibility in learning and teaching. Due to industry driven demand, a graduate certificate program was introduced recently by the Faculty. One of the major challenges faced in the design and delivery of courses within this program is the need to cater for a diverse student cohort with varying industry experience. The experiences of the author in developing two courses this graduate program is be discussed in this paper. These courses have been successfully delivered employing a variety of assessment tools. These include summative assessments such as a minor assignment, online discussions and quizzes and a major design project. Designing a course with a variety of assessment tools not only enhances the student learning experience, but also provides an enjoyable challenge for the lecturer.


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Additional Information: Copyright © 2010 Aravinthan, T: The authors assign to AaeE and educational non-profit institutions a non-exclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The authors also grant a non-exclusive licence to AaeE to publish this document in full on the World Wide Web (prime sites and mirrors) on CD-ROM or USB, and in printed form within the AaeE 2010 conference proceedings. Any other usage is prohibited without the express permission of the authors.
Depositing User: Prof Thiru Aravinthan
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2011 11:26
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering education; assessment tools
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080505 Web Technologies (excl. Web Search)
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870399 Construction Materials Performance and Processes not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19270

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