Author / Presenter:Paul Holland, Rhian Kerton and Meghdad Fazeli
Session : Workshop
The use of modern ICT technology has revolutionized the way that universities perform their teaching and learning role. Recent high profile MOOCs have shown that e-learning approaches can attract large numbers of students to study engineering courses. However, high dropout rates and concerns about quality mean that it is unlikely that e-learning techniques alone can meet the industrial demand for high calibre engineers. Academics within the College of Engineering have trialled electronic lectures in a blended learning approach in the 15 / 16 academic year across academic years of study and across different engineering disciplines with positive and interesting results. Practical approaches to producing video screencasts and embedding them in Blackboard with a range of other supporting content have been identified. Careful e-lecture design can capture and incorporate well known teaching methods that enhance student learning. It was found that moving from a traditional to a blended approach when teaching engineering subjects was straight-forward and could be done in an incremental and staged manner from year to year. Student engagement with the e-lectures was very high and they have given good feedback about their experience of using them. This work details various analytical results that can inform what will be considered best practice in the College of Engineering.