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Students’ perception of learning facilitation during an interdisciplinary engineering design course – a case study

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Jaeger, M and Adair, D, Students' perception of learning facilitation during an interdisciplinary engineering design course - a case study, Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Education (ICEE 2015), 20-24 July, Zagreb, Croatia, pp. 106-113. ISBN 978-953-246-232-6 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Important engineering competencies can be developed within a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) environment. However, learning facilitation plays a major role in guiding students’ learning towards the anticipated learning outcomes. The purpose of this case study is to analyze students’ perception of learning facilitation during an interdisciplinary engineering design course delivered using a PBL approach. Based on criteria from a PBL inventory [1], students’ feedback on their PBL facilitator was collected. The results show that students’ project work led to overall positive learning outcomes. Also, students were found to show a strong preference to work as a multidisciplinary team as opposed to an interdisciplinary team. From the case considered here it can be inferred that learning facilitators may have the potential to improve formative assessments (i.e. feedback) during students’ project based learning. Furthermore, the connection of students’ project work with the anticipated learning outcomes may need to be reinforced. This is to ensure that students realize they are carrying out projects so as to learn pre-defined knowledge and skills.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:PBL, learning facilitation, students' perception, engineering design
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Civil Engineering
Research Field:Construction Engineering
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Building Management and Services
Objective Field:Commercial Building Management and Services
Author:Jaeger, M (Dr Martin Jaeger)
Author:Adair, D (Dr Desmond Adair)
ID Code:105570
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2016-01-07
Last Modified:2016-08-03
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