Delivering key graduate attributes via teams working in virtual space

Brodie, Lyn (2011) Delivering key graduate attributes via teams working in virtual space. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning, 6 (3). pp. 5-11. ISSN 1868-8799

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Transferable skills are gaining an increasing emphasis in engineering education. The skills of teamwork, communication, self directed learning and problem solving
feature in most of the accrediting agencies criteria. This
paper is a case study of a course which uses Problem Based
Learning method to deliver key transferable skills to engineering students studying via distance education The students use a range of communication systems including a
Learning Management System which offers synchronous and asynchronous communications to work in a team where there is no face to face contact between either the team members or with the supervising academic. The teams solve open ended, contextualised engineering problems. These teams form a learning community which scaffolds individual and team learning goals. Results from a longitudinal study show that students significantly increase their teamwork, communication, problem solving and self directed learning skills. These are key graduate attributes now required by professional accreditation bodies. In addition specific theoretical and technical skills and knowledge are learnt and applied to new problems.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2011 20:42
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2018 02:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: virtual teams; problem based learning; PBL; graduate attributes; higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080111 Virtual Reality and Related Simulation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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