`Future is old': immersive learning with generation Y engineering students

Blashki, Katherine, Nichol, Sophie, Jia, D. and Prompramote, S. 2007, `Future is old': immersive learning with generation Y engineering students, European journal of engineering education, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 409-420.


Title `Future is old': immersive learning with generation Y engineering students
Author(s) Blashki, Katherine
Nichol, Sophie
Jia, D.
Prompramote, S.
Journal name European journal of engineering education
Volume number 32
Issue number 4
Start page 409
End page 420
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2007-08
ISSN 0304-3797
Keyword(s) generation Y
interactive
immersion
learning environments
Summary This paper explores the application of four elements deemed to be essential to immersive learning; immersion, engagement, risk/creativity and agency. The authors discuss the implementation of these four elements within two very different classroom environments, one secondary and one tertiary, to illustrate the importance of students' active participation in the planning, design and development processes of their own learning environments. By transforming both the conceptual and operational environments of both cohorts the authors illustrate the benefits of the development of immersive learning environments. Importantly, such environments must reflect the choices and preferences of the learner as they negotiate their way through the learning journey that best suits their needs. Rather than the imposition of a learning regime considered to be irrelevant, but more importantly 'boring' to the student cohort, the authors argue that immersive learning environments are successful because they are reliant on the students' enthusiastic creation of their own knowledge in collaboration with adults and student colleagues. This study can be applied in all spectrums of education (primary, secondary and tertiary), and in this case, specifically engineering education.
Language eng
Field of Research 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, SEFI
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007164

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