SPIDER activities: select, prepare and investigate, discuss, evaluate, reflect

Kist, Alexander A. and Brodie, Lyn (2011) SPIDER activities: select, prepare and investigate, discuss, evaluate, reflect. In: EDUCON 2011: Learning Environments and Ecosystems in Engineering Education, 4-6 Apr 2011, Amman, Jordan.

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There is increasing emphasis in Engineering Education to include transferable skills, such as written and
presentation skills, but also critical evaluations and lifelong learning. Another challenge is the rapidly changing technical content in many engineering courses and the related struggle to provide up-to-date study materials. This paper introduces a comprehensive assessment strategy that helps students to develop soft skills as well as technical competency. It incorporates self directed inquiry, presentations and peer assessments. It has been
trialled in various courses and it is being implemented as a
learning management system module. Evidence shows improved
student engagement and better learning outcomes. This includes both, transferable as well as technical skills. The key focus of this study is to map learning outcomes to assignment tasks; generalise the relationships and define electronic, measurable activities that drive these tasks. The approach is informed by trial results and is
based on evaluation of staff and their views of current
assignments and intended learning outcomes as well as student survey.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2011 05:59
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2017 02:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: transferable skills; technical writing; presentation; peer- assessment; distance education; higher education research
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1109/EDUCON.2011.5773182
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18987

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