Mapping learning outcomes and assignment tasks for SPIDER activities

Kist, A. A. and Brodie, Lyn (2011) Mapping learning outcomes and assignment tasks for SPIDER activities. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning, 6 (S2). pp. 25-32. ISSN 1863-0383

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Modern engineering programs have to address
rapidly changing technical content and have to enable students to develop transferable skills such as critical evaluation, communication skills and lifelong learning. This paper introduces a combined learning and assessment activity that provides students with opportunities to develop and practice their soft skills, but also extends their theoretical knowledge base. Key tasks included self directed inquiry, oral and written communication as well as peer assessment. To facilitate the SPIDER activities (Select, Prepare and Investigate, Discuss, Evaluate, Reflect), a software tool has been implemented
in the learning management system Moodle. Evidence
shows increased student engagement and better
learning outcomes for both transferable as well as technical
skills. The study focuses on generalising the relationship
between learning outcomes and assignment tasks as well as
activities that drive these tasks. Trail results inform the
approach. Staff evaluations and their views of assignments
and intended learning outcomes also supported this analysis.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Articles in this journal are published under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence. iJET is an Open Access Journal. Readers don't have to pay any fee. Only registration is necessary.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2011 05:37
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 02:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: transferable skills, technical writing, presentation, higher education research peer-assessment, distance education
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3991/ijet.v6iS2.1649

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