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Mathematics in Marine Engineering: Significance of Formative-Feedback within a Diverse Student Cohort


Edathil, S and Ranmuthugala, SD and Symes, MF, Mathematics in Marine Engineering: Significance of Formative-Feedback within a Diverse Student Cohort, Enhancing Global Engineering and Technology Education: Meeting the Future - Proceedings of the 2013 International Engineering and Technology Education Conference, 3-6 November 2013, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, pp. 1-10. ISBN 978-0-646-59658-7 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Purpose: This paper aims to examine and propose how to enhance learning of theoretical engineering units with considerable mathematical content in marine engineering courses with diverse student cohorts. Methodology: It is proposed that the competence of students will be improved by adopting a self-directed learning approach. This is achieved through a web-based assessment tool incorporating dynamic-feedback and used within formative assessments. This is further supplemented by integrating theoretical units with operational units having practical applications. A semi-structured questionnaire was launched to seek student feedback on their experience in this study. Findings: Performance levels improved in all students who utilised the assessment tool, although multiple uses maybe required. Dynamic-feedback in formative assessments improved student learning as it encouraged self-directed studies and enhanced motivation for learning among the majority of students. The students agreed that integrating theoretical units with operational units enhanced their learning and enabling them to see the relevance to their work roles. Conclusions: Formative assessments with dynamic feedback improved student learning in mathematics dominated marine engineering units. Properly designed tools, integrating theoretical and practical content and providing adequate and appropriate dynamic feedback, will motivate self-directed learning.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Mathematics, marine-engineering, formative-assessment, feedback, competence, Australia
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Marine engineering
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Management, resources and leadership
UTAS Author:Edathil, S (Mr Sudhakaran Achazhiyath Edathil)
UTAS Author:Ranmuthugala, SD (Professor Dev Ranmuthugala)
UTAS Author:Symes, MF (Mr Mark Symes)
ID Code:87255
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:NC Ports and Shipping
Deposited On:2013-11-11
Last Modified:2017-10-04

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