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Blended Design and Project Based Learning: a future for engineering education
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Tuesday, December 8 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
| 6D | Workshop: RALfie – Remote Access Laboratories for Fun, Innovation and Education

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A lack of high school graduates with sufficient Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skill has been identified as a challenge for continuing economic development in many countries around the world. No enough children developing an interest in STEM topics. In particular in Australia, student engagement and participation rates in STEM in secondary schools are low. Laboratory activities play an important role in science and engineering education and many projects have made laboratory activities available online. Some of the major initiatives include iLab, Labshare and VISIR. Most activities are developed and hosted by Universities and used for undergraduate teaching. More recently remote laboratories have also been proposed in the context of school education. Traditionally, remote laboratories are hosted in centralized locations and experiments are built by experts and used by students. However, this does not reflect the way experimental learning is traditionally used in schools. Here setting up the experiment and building the apparatus or rig from an important part of the learning activity. An alternative to the traditional, centralized approach are peer-to-peer remote access laboratories were the experiments are designed, build and hosted in a distributed manner by students. In such an environment students are provided with the necessary tools to conceive, design and build experiments. Those are shared with others who run the activities remotely. Both the maker-experience as well as the user-experience are important learning activities. To make a system like this possible a number of challenges need to be addressed.

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Alexander Kist

School Coordinator (Learning & Teaching), USQ

Tuesday December 8, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Bells Room RACV Torquay map C5

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