Student experiential learning

Dawes, Les A., Murray, Martin H., & Rasmussen, Gary N. (2005) Student experiential learning. In Radcliffe, David & Humphries, Josh (Eds.) 4th ASEE/AaeE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education, 26 September 2005, Sydney.

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The Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering at QUT is dedicated to providing learning environments and experiences that are needed for graduate work-readiness and has been working toward redevelopment of laboratory areas to meet this aim. The Faculty has developed new ways of providing experiential learning environments that utilise space more effectively and have a high utilisation by students. The Faculty’s Student Experiential Learning Centre (SELC) is a particular application of this approach that integrates and expands a number of initiatives to make practical laboratory and studio work a more exciting and meaningful learning experience. SELC’s web based preparatory modules lead students through to individual or group physical tasks in which students conduct their own individual laboratory sessions unsupervised, in their own time and at their own pace. Instead of replacing important laboratory exercises with virtual experiments, SELC exploits the power and versatility of computer and web technology to complement and support students’ individualised physical practical work. This rich, student focused environment is interactive on both the virtual and physical realms and is able to recapture student enthusiasm for discovery of knowledge and consolidation into understanding through application. This approach has enabled a redefinition of the role of laboratory programs and an integration of those programs into the curriculum in a way not possible previously. This paper reports on the outcomes of two surveys, one conducted in 2003 on the pilot program comparing the new approach with the more traditional staff-supervised approach and again in mid-2005 to see how students responses varied from the earlier survey.

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ID Code: 18074
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: laboratories, experiential learning, student centred learning, HERN
ISBN: 1864998288
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified (090599)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 19 Feb 2009 00:49
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:13

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