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Academic Resource Network for Engineering and ICT Australia

An online writing centre for undergraduate engineering students: a one stop shop

Start: 2010
Report Publication Date: N/A
Primary Project Leader Helen Drury

Funding
Amount: $219,000.00 Body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Source: Competitive Grants
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Summary
This project will address ongoing concerns about the discrepancy between engineering students' communication skills and those identified as necessary by Government and professional bodies. Surveys show that written communication skills are critical for engineering graduates. However, many engineering students find writing difficult and consider it a low priority and this attitude is often reinforced within curricula where many lecturers find teaching writing challenging, especially when faced with a diverse student cohort. The OWC will provide a comprehensive and systematic approach to the development of student writing in engineering over the undergraduate years through the deployment of innovative technologies. Key genres from first to honours year will be made explicit to students in online support materials. In addition, the eLearning tools in the OWC will support the writing process through peer feedback and scaffolding and enable students to customise their writing via a semi-automated diagnostic tool. In this way, the OWC will also support lecturers through the whole curriculum process.
Outcome
Keywords
Generic Skills › Communications Skills
Discipline Context › Engineering
Profession/Industry › Professional Practice
Disciplines
  • Engineering
Education Levels
  • Higher Education
Project Members
No project Members

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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