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Engineering education down under : distance teaching at Deakin University, Australia

Long, John M. and Baskaran, Kanagaratnam 2004, Engineering education down under : distance teaching at Deakin University, Australia, in Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Coriference & Exposition, American Society for Engineering Education, Washington, D.C., pp. 1-12.

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Title Engineering education down under : distance teaching at Deakin University, Australia
Author(s) Long, John M.
Baskaran, Kanagaratnam
Conference name American Society for Engineering Education. Conference (2004 : Salt Lake City, Utah)
Conference location Salt Lake City, Utah
Conference dates 20-23 June 2004
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Coriference & Exposition
Editor(s) Abata, Duane
Publication date 2004
Conference series American Society for Engineering Education Conference
Start page 1
End page 12
Publisher American Society for Engineering Education
Place of publication Washington, D.C.
Keyword(s) Engineering -- study and teaching -- congresses
Technical education -- congresses
Summary Deakin University in Australia is one of the leading providers of distance education in the South Pacific region. The School of Engineering offers four-year professional engineering-degree programs and three-year technologist programs. The over 600 total students studying engineering at Deakin fall into four categories:

• 18-19 year-old students fresh from high school, who largely study on-campus,
• older students in the technical workforce, seeking a university degree to upgrade their qualifications,
• industry-based students studying in university-industry partnership programs,
• overseas students studying either on-campus, or off-campus through education partners in Malaysia and Singapore.

Geographically these students form a very wide student base. The study programs are designed to produce multi-skilled, broadly focused engineers and technologists with multi-disciplinary technical competence, and the ability to take a systems approach to design and operational performance. A team of around 25 academic staff deliver courses in seven different majors in the general fields of manufacturing, environmental engineering, mechatronics, and computer systems. We discuss here the history of the School, its teaching philosophy, and its unique methods in delivering engineering education to a widely scattered student body.
Notes Also titled : Engineering education reaches new heights
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ISSN 1524-4857
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005459

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