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Teaching in Context: Integrating Mathematical Thinking and Personal Development Planning into the Curriculum for Part-Time, Distance-Learning Engineering Students

Morris, Carol; Organ, Sally and Goodyear, Alec (2018). Teaching in Context: Integrating Mathematical Thinking and Personal Development Planning into the Curriculum for Part-Time, Distance-Learning Engineering Students. In: Exploring the Micro, Meso and Macro: Navigating between dimensions in the digital learning landscape. Proceedings of the European Distance and E-Learning Network 2018 Annual Conference (Volungeviciene, Airina and Szűcs, András eds.), European Distance and E-Learning Network, Genoa, Italy, pp. 61–68.

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Abstract

This paper describes changes to the way mathematics is taught to engineering students at The Open University, moving away from service teaching via generic mathematics modules to incorporating mathematics teaching into the core engineering curriculum. Mathematics is taught in the context of engineering with the aim of reducing the emphasis on derivations and mathematical proofs and putting greater emphasis on understanding basic concepts and being able to create useful models. Mathematical methods are taught and practised, then extended and applied to different engineering contexts as students’ progress through modules, in order to develop students’ mathematical thinking and build confidence. Professional development planning has also been embedded into engineering teaching for improved context and relevance and a more integrated approach to assessment has been taken across the whole qualification.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 European Distance and E-Learning Network and the Authors
ISBN: 615-5511-23-3, 978-615-5511-23-3
Keywords: Engineering; curriculum; personal development planning; 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: 55616
Depositing User: Carol Morris
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2018 10:13
Last Modified: 04 May 2019 13:01
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/55616
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