Australasian Journal of Engineering Education

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 2, October

A Toolbox for Blackboard
1 WHAT IS BLACKBOARD? 1.1 Generally Blackboard is a so-called Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), also described as a Course Management System (CMS), or Learning Content Management System (LCMS). The company Blackboard is based in Washington...
Designing Problems for Problem-Based Learning Courses in Analogue Electronics: Cognitive and Pedagogical Issues
1 INTRODUCTION From a constructivist's perspective, discourse is a central mechanism for learning (Palinscar, 1998). For ages, educationalists have been working on making the "theory" as practical as possible and making the "practice" as theoretically...
Gender Differences in Student Attitudes toward Engineering and Academic Careers
1 INTRODUCTION Studies by physiologists and educationalists have focused their attention to biological differences to explain the disparity between men and women in science and engineering careers. However, initial studies that looked at brain size...
Improving Outcomes-Based Engineering Education in Australia
1 INTRODUCTION Graduate attributes are now a ubiquitous feature of higher education in Australia and internationally, and have been part of engineering education for more than a decade. The idea of graduate attributes is an apparently simple concept,...
Peer Assessment of Past Exam Scripts
1 INTRODUCTION There is a growing trend in education to use students and the work they produce as a learning resource (Topping, 1998). The area encompasses a wide range of initiatives, from peer assisted study sessions (Miller et al, 2004) to student...
Teaching Critical Appraisal Skills to Postgraduate, English as a Second Language, Engineering Students
1 INTRODUCTION Faculties of Engineering in Australasia increasingly enrol a culturally and linguistically diverse group of students into their postgraduate coursework (and research) programs, including international English as a second language...
Teaching Smarter to Improve the English Communication Proficiency of International Engineering Students-Collaborations between Content and Language Specialists at the University of Western Australia
1 ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS, INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND PERFORMANCE IN ENGINEERING PROGRAMS Whatever we think of the recently released Birrell report (Birrell, 2006) and the subsequent flurry of media and academic interest that surrounds it (see,...
The Green Petrol Heads: Developing Practical Professional Engineering Skills That Generate Interest in Sustainable Engineering
1 INTRODUCTION During the Adelaide 2008 March heatwave, which was the longest on record (The Age, 2008), Caltex predicted that Australian fuel prices would double over the next decade (The Herald Sun, 2008). Both headlines seemed inseparably entwined...
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