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Using e-tutor program and pre-lab assessment task to enhance laboratory experience of civil engineering students


Jiao, H and Mashiri, F and Zhou, T, Using e-tutor program and pre-lab assessment task to enhance laboratory experience of civil engineering students, Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, 5-7 December 2011, Fremantle, WA, pp. 633-638. (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Before attending a lab session, students are usually required to be familiarized with laboratory tasks through pre-lab preparation. While it was found pre-lab preparation was an effective way to promote student learning, the benefits of running pre-lab preparation were not fully investigated. Traditional lab description sheets may provide general information on safety operation procedures and pre-lab questions. However, if these pre-lab questions were not assessed, they could easily be ignored by students. In this research, pre-lab problems were designed to give unique parameters to each student. Students were required to solve the problems and obtain theoretical values which were verified later in a practical lab session. To minimize the marking load, the pre-lab submissions were automatically marked using the e-tutor program. Results showed that the pre-lab preparation program was successful in enhancing students’ learning interests, in preventing plagiarism, and in increasing the efficiency of labs with the duration of a lab session being significantly reduced.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jiao, H (Dr Hui Jiao)
ID Code:75091
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2012-01-09
Last Modified:2014-12-19
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