Educating the world's railway engineers

Murray, Martin H. & Rowe, Jillian L. (2009) Educating the world's railway engineers. In 23rd ICDE World Conference, 6-10 June 2009, Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre, Maastricht. (Unpublished)

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An increasing loss of engineering expertise from the railway industry globally coincides with a rapid expansion of the industry. Continuing professional development is critical to this sector, but needs to be distance based to cater for the international demand for such development. A unique Master degree in railway infrastructure was created out of extensive materials prepared by expert engineers, which captured their detailed knowledge. A team at Queensland University of Technology in Australia prepared the detailed and high quality online resources needed for this degree; the team comprised an academic, a project manager, learning designers and a publisher, all with experience in distance education. The degree has been running for 12 months with students from many countries. A key aim of the degree is to create a collaborative community comprising learners, teachers and practicing engineers from around the world. The team has also worked hard to ensure the content of the study materials, the form of the assessment tasks and the interactive learning sessions relate closely to real-world problems and challenges faced by the students in their workplace, wherever that is. Widely differing time zones are a challenge but are usually obviated by the asynchronous nature of the online resources.

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ID Code: 32142
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Railway engineering, Tacit knowledge, Professional development
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > OTHER ENGINEERING (099900)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 09 May 2010 21:16
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 14:28

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