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The process of design based learning : a students' perspective

conference contribution
posted on 2012-01-01, 00:00 authored by Matthew JoordensMatthew Joordens, Sivachandran Chandrasekaran, A Stojcevski, Guy Littlefair
BACKGROUND : Deakin engineering has used Design Based Learning (DBL) as one of its engineering learning principles for further development in teaching and learning. Whilst the students are surveyed after every unit, this data only provides a generic overview of the process and does not help the academic staff determine if DBL is a preferable learning and teaching approach. What is required to improve the process is a holistic approach from the students’ perspective over the entire degree program.

PURPOSE : Do students see any value in DBL and should it be is further developed for teaching and learning? This study examines students’ perceptions of DBL in their curriculum, DBL in final year project, DBL in engineering career.

DESIGN/METHOD : A survey dedicated to DBL from the students’ point of view has been designed and given to 30 fulltime students in 3rd year in engineering at Deakin. A qualitative and quantitative analysis of this survey will give students’ perspective of DBL as they progress through their degree studies.

RESULTS : The full time students’ surveyed indicated that they believed that DBL was a useful tool and was of value to their career. Also that it would be helpful as part of their final project and that it helps teamwork although they would like to see it used for both team and individual work.

CONCLUSIONS : The full time students’ surveyed displayed a basic understanding of DBL and an eagerness to use it. Students’ perceived that DBL approach got an important value in their learning curriculum and it is a positive sign for the Deakin engineering to use it as one of its engineering learning principle.

History

Event

Australasian Association for Engineering Education. Conference (23rd : 2012 : Melbourne, Australia)

Pagination

927 - 934

Publisher

ESER group, Swinburne University of Technology

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

Place of publication

Melbourne, Vic.

Start date

2012-12-03

End date

2012-12-05

ISBN-13

9780987177230

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2012, The Authors

Editor/Contributor(s)

L Mann, S Daniel

Title of proceedings

AAEE 2012 : The profession of engineering education, advancing teaching, research and careers : Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education

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