Learning Media Grant 2019

The Science and Engineering Learning Media Grant is an initiative established by Diana Taylor (Lead Learning Engagement Developer), supported by the Dean Teaching and Learning (Associate Professor Chris Rawson) and come to fruition by the dedicated effort of Madelon Heperi (Senior Learning Media Developer).

The initiative has stimulated interest within the faculty and increased adoption of rich learning media in the strategic aim to increase the student learning experience. Learning objects such as simulations, video demonstrations, custom online activities with trackable SCORM enabled learning analytics, have been developed to address current teaching needs and modern day challenges.


Measurement pre-laboratory

School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
Lecturer: Alokesh Pramanik
Senior Lecturer: Roger Dong

The following Measurement pre-laboratory activity was designed to increase student preparedness for laboratory tasks and reduce the demonstrators time spent repeating content. The pre-laboratory activity focused on several precision measurement tools and features a series of videos, interactive activities and a knowledge quiz to ensure students understood: the name and purpose of each tool, how to use them and how to take accurate readings. These online activities are embedded in Blackboard as SCORM objects that enables the recording of student attempts. An adaptive release rule controls the release of a BB knowledge quiz that covers material from both the relative lecture and pre-laboratory activity. Keeping the quiz separate allows the academic to monitor and modify the question sets as required. All student learning analytics can be obtained via Blackboard.

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CNC programming

School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
Lecturer: Alokesh Pramanik
Senior Lecturer: Roger Dong

This pre-laboratory activity was designed to support students in developing required concepts and skills for an assessible laboratory task. It consists of three parts: (Part 1) CNC programming syntax, (Part 2) Using geometry theorems to calculate key point coordinates and (Part 3) a Blackboard knowledge quiz. Each part records students attempt in the BB Grade Centre and uses adaptive release to guide students through each part. Part 1 and 2 feature a series of screencast videos recorded by the academic with embedded interactivities to facilitate learning

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Machining

School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
Lecturer: Alokesh Pramanik
Senior Lecturer: Roger Dong

The following ECHO360 ALP playlist consists of nine video demonstrations providing directional and close-up view of several machining techniques. With the exception of one 20-minute video, each is two to five minutes long. The ECHO360 ALP analytics indicate a high level of student views, furthermore it highlights that out of a total of nine videos, some students watched them up to 31 times. Student’s knowledge is measured via a Blackboard quiz that records details of each student attempt including time spent, submitted answers and number of attempts.


Videos for concept summaries and feedback

WASM: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering
Lecturer: Dimple Quyn

In the bid to accommodate student diverse learning needs a series of short concept videos were developed that summaries the main concepts presented in the lecture. Due to the high level of mathematical problem solving a document camera was used to capture worked examples. The ECHO360 Universal Capture software enabled the academic to create the videos in an effective and efficient way publishing directly to the units iLecture section. Video was also used to provide overall feedback to online quiz attempts as well as personalised feedback to groupwork.


Stability of floating bodies

School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
Lecturer: Julien Cisonni
Senior Lecturer: Ranjan Sarukkalige
Professor: Tony Lucey
Demonstrator: Hamideh Kazemi

Underpin by inquiry-based learning theory, the following pre-laboratory activity adopts a discovery learning technique that guides students through a scaffolded sequence of activities. It requires students to draw on their prior knowledge to ultimately predict, test, analyse and evaluate outcomes of an experiment. By engaging in the pre-laboratory activity, students will better understand the purpose of the experiment, parts of the equipment, steps in the procedure and how to take an accurate reading.

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Distillation pre-laboratory

WASM: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering
Lecturer: Milin Shah 

Six experiments are run concurrently with rotating student groups on a fortnightly basis, to ensure students are adequately prepared prior to attending a lecture, pre-laboratory activities are being developed for each experiment. Following a template of safety, experiment setup and procedure; students are provided with highly interactive, low content activities to ensure they are ready to conduct a set experiment. Safety is an important aspect of these experiments and students’ must acknowledge completing the required risk assessment forms prior to proceeding, this is then recorded in Grade Centre. Custom interactivities enable students to compare P&ID diagrams to the actual equipment to be used in order to familiarise students with the parts of the equipment and their function. Embed quiz questions are also recorded in GC.

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CO2 absorption

WASM: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering
Lecturer: Milin Shah 

This is the second pre-laboratory activity of six and follows the same structure including safety, experiment setup and procedure. These activities highlight the effective use of embed reusable concept videos and consistent use of activity types that streamlines the design and development process.

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