Using projects instead of pracs for hands on learning

Walker, Geoffrey R. (2001) Using projects instead of pracs for hands on learning. In Islam, S.M., Borle, L., & Keerthipala, W.W.L. (Eds.) Proceedings of the Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC-2001) : millennium power vision, Australasian Committee for Power Engineering, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA, pp. 390-395.

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Abstract

In 1999, power electronics laboratory practicals were isolated two-hour sessions with only nominal assessment. Students were unmotivated, and didn’t prepare for or subsequently review these sessions. The pracs were rushed, and students’ actions task oriented. Learning was shallow at best. In 2000, the practical component was changed to two projects, each spanning four weeks. The projects were larger, linked, real world problems, tackled by groups of three students. Assessment was via individual workbooks kept during the project, a group demonstration of the working project by all members, and a subsequent written report. These projects were highly successful in motivating the students, and achieved the transfer of the theory presented in lectures into personal practical understanding of that material. These outcomes were judged by observations of the class, project and exam marks, and responses to a questionnaire given at the conclusion of the semester.

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ID Code: 63579
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 176067068X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 04 Mar 2014 23:03
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2014 05:29

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