Re-skilling staff for PBL teaching in a team context

Brodie, Lyn and Aravinthan, Thiru and Worden, John and Porter, Mark (2006) Re-skilling staff for PBL teaching in a team context. In: Engineering Education 2006 (EE2006), 24-26 July 2006, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

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This paper describes a strategy for auditing existing skill levels, and assessing achievement of course objectives, by students enrolled in Engineering Problem Based Learning (PBL) courses.
Our method involves initial auditing of existing skills and competence of each student, and continual assessment to monitor progress. The initial skill assessment will facilitate the effective allocation of students with different levels of skill in various discipline areas, into well balanced teams. This balance will facilitate effective mentoring within the teams and, because improvement by individuals and the team collectively will be formally assessed, mentoring within the teams will be encouraged.

The formal assessment of objectives will be tailored to individual student’s existing skill levels. The emphasis will be on advancement of skills and competence rather than simply achieving a minimum standard. This novel strategy will provide the flexibility for equitable assessment of students with different initial skill and competency levels; particularly relevant to students studying in the distance mode who may have considerable professional experience and advanced skills and competence.

By tracking progress towards the achievement of objectives, students can be provided with an individual portfolio of achievements through the suite of PBL courses.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Depositing User: Ms Lyn Brodie
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:00
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2015 05:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: Problem Based Learning; staff training; higher education research
Fields of Research (FoR): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development

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