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Is off-campus engineering study off the agenda? Professional accreditation and distance education

Palmer, Stuart and Hall, Wayne 2008, Is off-campus engineering study off the agenda? Professional accreditation and distance education, European journal of open, distance and e-learning, vol. 2008, no. II, pp. 1-9.

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Title Is off-campus engineering study off the agenda? Professional accreditation and distance education
Author(s) Palmer, Stuart
Hall, Wayne
Journal name European journal of open, distance and e-learning
Volume number 2008
Issue number II
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher European Distance and E-Learning Network
Place of publication Budapest, Hungary
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1027-5207
Keyword(s) distance education
lifelong learning
mature age students
professional accreditation
graduate attributes
outcomes-based education
Summary In engineering, distance/off-campus study is an essential element of access to education for those in remote locations and/or seeking to upgrade their qualifications via the lifelong learning route whilst employed. Internationally, engineering education accrediting bodies have moved toward outcomes-based assessment of graduate competency, but are still struggling to relinquish their historical attachment to the measurement of inputs. A genuinely outcomes-based accreditation system based on the demonstrated individual student attainment of appropriate graduate attributes (which might be delivered/gained by a range of means) offers the best way forward for an equitable, representative and socially just undergraduate engineering education system that encourages suitably qualified candidates from a range of social, employment, educational, gender, age and geographic circumstances to aspire to the professional sphere of the engineering workforce. Until outcomes-based education becomes the norm in engineering, it is likely that distance learners in engineering will face significant difficulties.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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