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Blended Design and Project Based Learning: a future for engineering education
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Monday, December 7 • 11:20am - 11:35am
| 1B | Transforming the Communications Engineering Laboratory Education through Remotely Accessible Software Radio Platform

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The competing and often conflicting time demand on today’s university students have necessitated the development and implementation of flexible learning strategies. This has resulted in some institutions resorting to complete removal of face-to-face teaching, in favour of curriculums that are 100% online. While such learning and teaching design may be suitable for some specific courses or purposes, this approach is generally not suitable for most undergraduate university courses. An alternative is to replace traditional approaches with a considered blend of face-to-face and technology supported methods. Termed as blended learning (BL), the method uses face-to-face interaction assisted by self directed study, work placements, projects, and structured online activities using an appropriate learning management system.

As a part of its BL strategy, the University of Western Sydney (UWS) distributed 11,000 iPads to all incoming students and staff in 2013. The iPad initiative was one of the curriculum renewal strategies to incorporate more flexible study options by engaging students in new ways of learning and interacting within and outside the classroom through use of new technology. The challenge then was to generate learning materials that can take full advantage of this emerging technology. A team of Blended Learning Advisors, Designers and E-learning (BLADE) specialists were appointed and embedded within each School to address this issue. Two BL advisors and three BL designers were placed within the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics (SCEM) in 2013.


Monday December 7, 2015 11:20am - 11:35am
Winkipop Room RACV Torquay map C4

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