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Blended Design and Project Based Learning: a future for engineering education
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Tuesday, December 8 • 2:15pm - 2:30pm
| 5D | The Beginning of a Scholarly Conversation on Impact in Engineering Education: A Synthesis of the Three Major Difficulties Associated with Studying Research Impact

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In the social and political context of increased accountability and limited support for research and developments (R&D), engineering education researchers and practitioners are being asked to identify the tangible impacts of their work. More broadly speaking, the value of research is being scrutinized because its importance is not well understood by society, and research is often considered to have no practical significance. Unfortunately, this issue is exasperated by the dearth of scholarship on how impact should be defined, characterized, and evaluated—both in general, and in the context of engineering education. Additionally, researchers tend to express feels of disinterest or lack of expertise when asked to respond to inquiries about the impact of their work. A synthesis of scholarly literature on the difficulties associated with studying research impact reveal that researchers are not alone in their struggle to understand and articulate the impact of research.


Tuesday December 8, 2015 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Bells Room RACV Torquay map C5

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