Using student experience of problem-based learning in virtual space to drive engineering educational pedagogy

Gibbings, Peter and Lidstone, John and Bruce, Christine (2008) Using student experience of problem-based learning in virtual space to drive engineering educational pedagogy. In: 19th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AaeE 2008): To Industry and Beyond, 7-10 Dec 2008, Yeppoon, Australia.


This paper reports outcomes of an investigation into the different ways students' go about problem-based learning (PBL) in virtual space. Five qualitatively different conceptions of PBL in virtual space were discovered, and each reveals variation in how students attend to learning by PBL in virtual space. Results indicate that PBL in virtual space when appropriately designed with respect to students' online learning experience can: 1) be responsible for making students aware of deeper ways of experiencing PBL in virtual space, and 2), engender graduate attributes and capabilities of problem solving, ability to transfer basic knowledge to real-life scenarios, ability to adapt to changes and apply knowledge in unusual situations, ability to think critically and creatively, and a commitment to continuous life-long learning and self-improvement.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Gibbings, Lidstone & Bruce, 2008. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2009 05:00
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 06:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: problem-based learning; virtual space; engineering; education; pedagogy
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
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
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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