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Blended Design and Project Based Learning: a future for engineering education
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Monday, December 7 • 10:50am - 11:05am
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Subjects concerned with the teaching of basic statics and mechanics at tertiary level institutions have seen a progressive decrease, and in some cases, the total elimination of "hands on opportunities" for students to perform experimental work in support of material presented in the lectures and in tutorials. 

The principal reasons offered for this trend is a blend of one or more of the following inter-related circumstances:

1. Increasingly large class sizes making it difficult to timetable and resource such activities

2. Competition for dedicated shared laboratory space from research needs

3. The commercially available teaching apparatus from the major vendors remains expensive

4. The availability/development of cheaper technology that "simulates" experimentation experience through videos and animation

The author has had 40 years involvement with the teaching of such material and has witnessed this progressive trend to the point where he has seen its effects on a large number of students as being nothing short of detrimental to their effective learning and better understanding of this material. 

The pendulum has swung too far away from "hands-on" opportunities for performing experimentation by students in support of inferior learning mechanisms. Technology itself must come to the rescue to swing back the pendulum to "hands on" resource-affordable experimentation opportunities to students thus improving their engagement and interest in this style of material and bringing back the fun in their learning experience.


Monday December 7, 2015 10:50am - 11:05am
Winkipop Room RACV Torquay map C4

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