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Open and Distance Learning for Engineering; Opportunities and Challenges

Organ, Sally J. and Morris, Carol (2012). Open and Distance Learning for Engineering; Opportunities and Challenges. In: International Conference on Engineering Education, 30 Jul - 3 Aug 2012, Turku, Finland.

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Abstract

The majority of the ~4000 students currently studying for engineering qualifications with the Open University (OU) are mature students in full-time engineering related employment who study part-time through distance learning. This, together with the OU’s open access policy, results in a diverse student body and presents us with a range of challenges. The three areas considered are: the need to ensure that new students are adequately prepared for study at the required level; the challenge of facilitating and assessing group work effectively within a distance learning environment; the limitations of relying on generic mathematics modules not specifically tailored to engineering.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Keywords: open access; distance learning; engineering; design; mathematics
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 52766
Depositing User: Carol Morris
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2018 10:07
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2018 03:49
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/52766
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