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Investigating students’ engagement in an engineering degree through technology enhanced learning


Turner, L and Wood, D and Jaikaran-Doe, S and Doe, P, Investigating students' engagement in an engineering degree through technology enhanced learning, Proceedings of the IFIP TC3 Working Conference 'A New Culture of Learning: Computing and next Generations', 1-3 July 2015, Vilnius University, Lithuania, pp. 454-459. ISBN 978-609-95760-0-8 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper presents the methodology and results of a student engagement survey administered to staff and students involved in an undergraduate engineering degree course from a regional Australian University. This survey investigated the effects of lecturer’s instructional methods; the utilisation of online materials; and preference to online or face-to-face lectures relating to student motivation to attend class and their engagement. The paper also explored lecturers’ opinions of changes necessary to enhance learning and improve engagement. Findings revealed although 95% of the students used on-line materials, 59% favoured face-to-face classes. The study recommends student engagement needs to be improved through better preparation of lectures, real-life examples, practical techniques such as ‘hands on’ activities, and the use of audio-visual materials.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:engineering education, student engagement, instructional methods, online delivery, Australian regional university
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and curriculum not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Turner, L (Mr Luke Turner)
UTAS Author:Wood, D (Dr David Wood)
UTAS Author:Jaikaran-Doe, S (Dr Seeta Jaikaran-Doe)
UTAS Author:Doe, P (Dr Peter Doe)
ID Code:102398
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2015-08-18
Last Modified:2018-03-20
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