Identifying the issues of team project work for distance education students: a case study in civil engineering

Zhuge, Yan and Mills, Julie E. (2010) Identifying the issues of team project work for distance education students: a case study in civil engineering. In: AaeE 2010: Past, Present, Future - the 'Keys' to Engineering Education Research and Practice, 5-8 Dec 2010, Sydney, Australia.

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Project based learning has been introduced to a final year structural design course at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) recently and one requirement associated with the project is teamwork. Unfortunately, teamwork is uncommon in the current engineering program at the USQ, mainly due to the fact that around 80% of its students are distance education students. When the design project was given to students at the beginning of the course, the idea of teamwork was welcome. Surprisingly, after the projects were submitted, it was found that most students chose to work individually. An evaluation was then conducted to explore why students chose not to work in teams, and particularly to determine the barriers that prevented it for distance education students. This paper will discuss the analysis of student feedback, compare the responses between distance education and on-campus students and explore potential means of overcoming these issues.

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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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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2011 10:53
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: team work, engineering education, case study, distance learning student
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment

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