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Academic Resource Network for Engineering and ICT Australia

Get set for success: using online self-assessments to motivate first year engineering students to engage in and manage their learning

Start: 2011
Report Publication Date: N/A
Primary Project Leader Lorelle Burton

Funding
Amount: $220,000.00 Body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Source: Innovation & Development
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Summary
This project involves collaboration among five universities and has the potential to alleviate the current critical engineering skills shortages in Australia. It aims to improve the retention and progression of engineering students by identifying key factors that impact on successful transition past the first year hurdle and will outline strategies for motivating first year students to engage in their studies. To this end, an online Engineering Career Appraisal Tool (EngCAT) that enables individuals to self-assess their cognitive and non-cognitive abilities, will be developed. EngCAT will provide automatic individual feedback to help students: access support and develop and individual plan to address any gaps in their knowledge and skills; use their self-assessment results to enhance and manage their learning; and review and refine their career plan to become an engineer. EngCAT will also become a source of information for prospective students, enabling them to self-assess their readiness to study engineering and make an informed career choice.
Outcome
Keywords
Enabling › E-Assessment
Discipline Context › Engineering
Learning Experience › First Year Experience
Assessment Models › Self/Peer
Disciplines
  • Engineering
Education Levels
  • Higher Education
Project Members
Tim Aubrey
Tim.Aubrey@uts.edu.au
02 9514 2360
Team Member
David Dowling
david.dowling@usq.edu.au
07 4631 2514
Team Member
Lydia Kavanagh
l.kavanagh@uq.edu.au
07 3365 4264
Team Member
David Lowe
David.Lowe@uts.edu.au
02 9514 2526
Team Member

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Contacts

Associate Deans & Educational Leaders in Engineering

Program Leaders in Engineering

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Contacts

Associate Deans Learning & Teaching in ICT

Program Leaders in ICT

Postal Address

Australian Computer Society
[ARNEIA]
P.O. Box Q534
QVB
Sydney 1230
NSW

Email

info@ARNEIA.edu.au