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Using video reports to promote active engagement in learning

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posted on 2010-07-13, 16:10 authored by Peter WillmotPeter Willmot, Sarah Bamforth
The expectation of today’s paying customers is of ‘teaching’ not ‘learning’ and sadly, even a mild spell of disengagement can quickly lead to an unwelcome request for a course transfer. This paper describes how rising wastage rates encouraged a large engineering department to review the first year curriculum and this resulted in the introduction of an innovative new problem-based module sitting alongside traditional engineering units. The new module features several team project assignments and a series of skills workshops. All the learning scenarios were designed to improve study competences, to add interest and enjoyment and to address the gulf in attitude to learning that exists between staff and students. This paper concentrates on just one of the assignments, which was designed to encourage teamwork and improve fundamental knowledge of machines and systems. It shows, through survey data, how a novel video reporting approach that has proved both exciting for the students and efficient for staff was used to stimulate, present and assess the learning.



  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


WILLMOT, P. and BAMFORTH, S.E., 2010. Using video reports to promote active engagement in learning. Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium for Engineering Education, ISEE 2010, University College Cork, Ireland, 30th June - 2nd July 2010.


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This conference paper was presented at ISEE 2010. The conference proceedings are freely available from: http://www.ucc.ie/ucc/depts/foodeng/isee2010/pdfs/ISEE2010_Binder.pdf


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