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Blended Design and Project Based Learning: a future for engineering education
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Tuesday, December 8 • 10:35am - 10:50am
| 4C | Distributed Constructionism in Engineering Tutorials

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Constructionism – a process where knowledge is constructed through manipulation of real-world things – is a natural pedagogical approach for the engineering discipline, where 'making' is a fundamental aspect of professional practice. Yet, the pedagogy behind constructionism (see Papert 1980; Martinez & Stager 2012) is often overlooked when designing practical sessions, where the is a clear, convergent and often assessed outcome for any particular session._

Distributed constructionism (a term borrowed from Reznick 1996) extends constructionism by putting the design and running of tutorials in the hands of students, similar to student-facilitated learning (see Baker 2008; Smith & Browne 2013). 

I have built on these ideas by collaborating with honours students, who design hands-on engineering activities in courses I teach. In turn, I get students to design, develop and deliver tutorials incorporating these activities and the course theory in any given week.


Tuesday December 8, 2015 10:35am - 10:50am
Zeally Room RACV Torquay map C5

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