The LTTC are delighted to be facilitating a series of conversations about current doctoral pedagogic research and scholarship taking place across the TU4D. These webinars are scheduled to allow busy academics to drop in onine to a 45 minute lunchtime slot and engage with the research about their topic.
Webinar 3 - Monday 30th May 2016 - Una Beagon
(rescheduled from 16th May)
Problem Based Learning to enhance Graduates Attributes - is this the way forward?
This webinar, delivered by Una Beagon of the School of Civil and Structural Engineering, will discuss some preliminary research which has been carried out to ascertain if Problem Based Learning is an effective way to enhance Graduate Attributes. It reports on the outcomes of a Design Project Module where students were given an open ended problem " To design a bridge to span 6m over a river for use in emergency situations in Nairobi".
Eighty first year engineering students were given six weeks to research, design, analyse and present a bridge design solution. The winning group built a full scale bridge for testing across a pond as evidenced in Fig.1. Students were surveyed after the project and indicated a perceived increase in competency of particular skills, as a result of involvement in the project.
The findings of this project have led to a doctoral research project to identify the key graduate skills required in Civil and Structural engineers both now and in the future. Initial plans for the doctoral research are presented highlighting some aspects uncovered in the literature review which may have an influence on how we prepare students to mee the Grand Challenges of our future.
Webinar 2 - Monday 29th February, 1pm to 1.45pm
Nevan Bermingham, DIT lecturer, on the topic of student peer mentoring
for mature students.
The second webinar in this series was delivered by Nevan Bermingham, DIT lecturer in Hospitality, Management & Tourism, on the topic of "Evaluating the effect of a student peer mentoring approach for mature students undertaking computer programming at foundation level".
This webinar discussed a new study which investigates if a peer mentoring structure of mature students at foundation level has an effect on their understanding of programming threshold concepts compared to traditional class only teaching approaches. Mature students undertaking the coding module on DIT's Access foundation Programme traditionally have difficulty understanding the computer science material, including threshold concepts in programming. Mature students tend to have lower levels of prior technology familiarity and tend not to have a prior educational background where they would have encountered programming before.
The traditional face-to-face method usually involves a step-by-step approach whereby the teacher demonstrates the task, students observe and then practice. The aim of this doctoral research is to explore if a peer mentoring approach will build student confidence in programming by providing structured peer mentoring supports that can run in tandem with the lab environment and outside the class - click here to access the recording of Nevan's very engaging session
Webinar 1 - Monday 23rd November, Ciarán O'Leary of the DIT School of computing,
speaking on practice-based personas.
The first webinar in this series took place on Monday 23rd November, presented by Ciarán O'Leary of the School of Computing. The session introduced practice-based personas and illustrates how this method can be used to model the diverse use of technology by academics and the impact of technology on academic practice.
Considerable thanks to Ciarán for sharing his insights - click here to access the recording of this valuable session