Get set for success: using online self-assessments to motivate first year engineering students to engage in and manage their learning
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Primary Project Leader
Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC)
Source: Innovation & Development
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.
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