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Responding to the changing HE environment: developing a sustainable engineering curriculum for part-time distance learning students

Morris, Carol; Goodyear, Alec and Organ, Sally (2017). Responding to the changing HE environment: developing a sustainable engineering curriculum for part-time distance learning students. In: New Approaches to Engineering Higher Education Conference, 22 May 2017, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper outlines the changes made to the engineering curriculum at The Open University in response to funding changes implemented in 2012 which enabled part-time, distance learners in England to access student loans. The paper also describes changes to overall qualification design including the way in which mathematics is taught to engineering students, moving away from ‘service teaching’ towards incorporating mathematics teaching into the core engineering modules. Mathematics is now taught in the context of engineering with less emphasis on derivations and mathematical proofs and with greater emphasis on understanding basic concepts and being able to create useful models. Personal and professional development planning has also been embedded into engineering teaching for improved context and relevance.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Institution of Engineering and Technology/The Engineering Professors’ Council
Keywords: engineering; distance education
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 52767
Depositing User: Carol Morris
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2018 09:46
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2018 09:55
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/52767
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