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Blended Design and Project Based Learning: a future for engineering education
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Tuesday, December 8 • 9:15am - 10:00am
Keynote Address

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Student centered learning with simulation as a focus: The journey of an innovative simulation teaching
strategy that caters for learners bey
ond the walls of a classroom.
Almost eight years ago
in a classroom of first year nursing students at Central Queensland University a
teaching innovation was created and become an idea considered worth sharing. The concept would be
formalized and
Ed (KRS Simulation). This simulation technique involves the informed
professional donning of
realistic body silicone props and transforming into another person with a unique
history. The specific history enables the newly created person to become the
platform for learning and
teaching. The idea of the expert hidden behind the prop is that they can direct and control the simulation
experience without set scripts and can respond spontaneously in realistic ways to learners. Over a six year
period this te
chnique has been transferred to multiple disciplines and spread throughout the world. Despite
the extensive spread and recognition, the journey of Mask
Ed has not been without challenges from which
learning has occurred.
The aim of this paper is to prese
nt the journey of Mask
Ed. The intent is to empower educators in engineering
to think about teaching innovation that may involve risk for daring to be different. However
the rewards of
student engagement outweighs the risk.
The following discussion paper
will discuss the pedagogy around
the technique, the transference to multiple disciplines across the world and the new opportunities in
simulation that Mask
Ed has afforded. With the new opportunities, the paper will expose the pitfalls and
warnings in th
is technique. The paper will close with a collection of words from participants including
learners and academics involved in research around the technique.

Tuesday December 8, 2015 9:15am - 10:00am
Great Ocean Ballroom RACV Torquay, MAP C2

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