eProblem-based learning: problem-based learning using virtual teams

Brodie, L. M. (2009) eProblem-based learning: problem-based learning using virtual teams. European Journal of Engineering Education, 34 (6). pp. 497-509. ISSN 0304-3797


Literature on engineering education stresses the need for graduates to have skills such as working globally in a multicultural environment; working in interdisciplinary teams; sharing of tasks on a global, around the clock basis; working with digital communication tools and in a virtual environment. In addition, accreditation criteria include attributes such as problem solving, communication, life-long learning skills and ethics. Problem-based learning (PBL) is well established in traditional on-campus settings in many professions but its use in 'virtual' or online environments is not well-documented, particularly in engineering. However, it is ideally suited to delivering many of the required attributes. A fully online PBL course has been successfully delivered to engineering students studying via distance education. Students work entirely in a virtual mode, conducting online team meetings and utilising a variety of technologies to communicate and solve complex, real-world engineering problems. Design, implementation and evaluation results are discussed.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2009 SEFI. 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: 01 Dec 2009 04:40
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 02:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: problem based learning; distance education; virtual teams; engineering education; 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
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/03043790902943868
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3692

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