A multidisciplinary problem-based learning approach to student recruitment in IT and engineering

Grabau, Peter J., and Woods, Graham S. (2008) A multidisciplinary problem-based learning approach to student recruitment in IT and engineering. In: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications, - . From: 5th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications, 23-26 June 2008, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

An initiative to increase the enrolment numbers and quality of students in tertiary IT and engineering education in North Queensland is described. The approach involves using robotics to promote the study of a multidisciplinary range of maths, science, IT and manual arts subjects in high school and hence increase the number of high school graduates eligible for entry into IT and engineering courses at university level. The approach is novel in that it promotes these subjects as complementary and encourages students to see them as a complete unit rather than diverse topics. This concept is reinforced by integrating a single mobile robot into all subjects and levels, and having students consider how each subject contributes to the robot design and operation. A custom open source mobile robot and control software has been developed to support the approach. Current trials using this approach within the local high school system suggest this is a valuable tool for equipping students with the knowledge to make informed decisions about subject and career choices.

Item ID: 7848
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: mobile robot; multidisciplinary; problem-based learning; student recruitment
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ISBN: 978-0-9803267-2-7
Date Deposited: 16 May 2010 22:56
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies @ 100%
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