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Engineering education anywhere, anytime: from distance education to blended learning at Deakin University Australia

Long, John 2015, Engineering education anywhere, anytime: from distance education to blended learning at Deakin University Australia, in Proceedings of the 21st Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference, Online Learning Consortium, [Orlando, Florida], pp. 1-36.

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Title Engineering education anywhere, anytime: from distance education to blended learning at Deakin University Australia
Author(s) Long, John
Conference name Online Learning Consortium. International Conference (21st : 2015 : Orlando, Florida)
Conference location Orlando, Florida
Conference dates 14-16 Oct. 2015
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 21st Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference
Publication date 2015
Start page 1
End page 36
Total pages 36
Publisher Online Learning Consortium
Place of publication [Orlando, Florida]
Keyword(s) online learning engineering
distance education
Summary In 2005 the Sloan Consortium called for engineering education to be available "anywhere, anytime."* Increasing numbers of engineering departments are interesting in offering their programs by means of online learning. These schools grapple with several difficulties and issues associated with wholly online learning: course structure, communication with students, delivery of course material, delivery of exams, accreditation, equity between on-campus and off-campusstudents, and especially the delivery of practical training. Deakin University faced these same challenges when it commenced teaching undergraduate engineering via distance education in the early 1990's. It now offers a fully accredited Bachelor of Engineering degree in both on-campus and off-campus modes, with majors that include civil,mechanical, electrical/electronics, and mechatronics/robotics.This presentation describes Deakin's unique off-campus delivery, students, curricula, approaches to practical work, and solutions to the problems mentioned above. Attendees will experience how Deakin Engineering delivers course materials, communicates with off-campus students, runs off-campus classes, and even delivers lab experience to students living thousands of miles away from the home campus. On display will be experimental lab kits, video presentations, student projects, and online broadcasts of freshman lab experiments. Participants will have the opportunity to see some of these resources hands-on. I will also discuss recent innovations in off-campus delivery ofcourses, including how flipping the classroom has led to blended learning with the on-campus students.Many universities have placed engineering distance education into the too-hard basket. Deakin Engineering demonstrates that it is possible to deliver a full undergraduate degree by means of distance education and online learning, and modern technology makes the job easier than everbefore. The benefits to the professor are many, not the least of which is helping a student living in a remote area or with a full-time job become fully trained and qualified in engineering.
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Language eng
Field of Research 091503 Engineering Practice
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category EN.1 Other conference paper
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
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