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Creating better learning environments by cross-disciplinary collaboration : a civil engineering and surveying linkage

Webb, Robert M., Dawes, Les A., & Egodawatta, Prasanna (2011) Creating better learning environments by cross-disciplinary collaboration : a civil engineering and surveying linkage. In Proceedings of the 2011 Conference Australiasian Association of Engineering Education AAEE, Perth, Engineers Australia, AAEE, Freemantle, Western Australia.

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Abstract

Many of the teaching elements in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Spatial Science/Surveying are strongly related to multidisciplinary real-world situations. Professionals in each discipline commonly work collaboratively, knowing each other’s professional and technical limitations and requirements. Replication of such real-world situations allows students to gain an insight and acquire knowledge of professional practice for both civil engineering and spatial science disciplines. However, replication of an authentic design project is not always possible in a single unit basis where empirical project situations are often created with controlled sets of constraints, inputs and outputs. A cross-disciplinary design-based project that is designed to promote active student learning, engagement and professional integration would be the preferred option. The central aim of this collaborative project was to create positive and inclusive environments to promote engaging learning opportunities that cater for a range of learning styles with a two-way linkage involving third-year civil engineering and spatial science (surveying) students. This paper describes the cross-disciplinary project developed and delivered in 2010 and 2011. A survey was conducted at completion of the project to assess the degree of improvement in student engagement and their learning experiences. Improvements were assessed in a range of dimensions including student motivation, learning by cross-disciplinary collaboration and learning by authentic design project experiences. In this specific cross-disciplinary linkage project, the study findings showed that teaching approaches utilised have been effective in promoting active student learning and increasing engagement.

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ID Code: 47729
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: cross-disciplinary collaboration, Water Engineering, Spatial Science, Authentic design projects
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > GEOMATIC ENGINEERING (090900)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Webb, Egodawatta, Dawes.
Deposited On: 14 Dec 2011 11:02
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2011 11:04

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