Key research areas
- Project-based learning
- Design-based learning
- Project-oriented design-based learning (PODBL)
- Assessment and evaluations
- Accreditation and quality assurance
- Internationalisation of curriculum
Curriculum design and enhancement
Learning spaces and learning technologies
INSPIRE Research Projects
Students’ perspectives on project/design based learning in Engineering - CADET
Duration: 5 years (longitudinal study)
The Engineering courses in the School of Engineering practices project/design based learning approach in all engineering degrees. The Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) is designed to assist with the project /design based learning approaches. There is a need to acquire students’ perspectives on these learning approaches to identify the best possible learning experiences.
Enhancing Higher Education Teaching and Learning Outcomes for Graduate Employability
Duration: 2 years
This study aims to develop a framework that maps three-way graduate-attribute expectations between engineering employers, academics and graduating students in order to improve the employability of engineering graduates in Australian regional areas. The framework is expected to provide a clear set of strategies in designing appropriate learning system, providing adequate learning environment and engaging human factors in order to close the gap between these expectations and to clearly identify employability needs.
Evaluating students’ and staff experience on Collaborative teaching at WUHAN (Wuhan University of Science and Technology, CHINA)
Duration: 3-5 years
This study is a part of a teaching collaboration between Deakin University and Wuhan University of Science and Technology. The cohort of students from Wuhan was a freshman undergraduate engineering course in mechanical engineering. The particular subject was a freshman engineering-materials course taught in English. The content of the unit included introduction to material science principles and practices. A survey was used for evaluating student perceptions. It is aimed that this study will help academics from Deakin University to better understand student experiences, and to identify the current challenges and barriers faced in student learning.
Evaluating students’ perspectives on new learning spaces (CADET) in undergraduate engineering studies
Duration: 5 years
The Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) is the new learning spaces for School of Engineering. There is a need to acquire students’ perspectives on these new learning spaces and to identify the best practices in these learning spaces to ensure the best possible learning experience for the student.
The role of technology – Reforming distance education
Duration: 2 years
The role of technology has played an important role in the provision of educational equity for learners in Australian communities. Engaging off-campus students through technology resources is vital need for engineering education. To ensure a positive experience for the students in off-campus learning, the role and scope of technology is a definite resource for collaborative and active learning. This longitudinal study analyses student’s experiences in distance education with the use of technologies.
Analysing international students’ learning experiences at Deakin study environment
Duration: 1 year
By analysing international students’ experiences in the School of Engineering at Deakin University. It helps the teaching staff to better understand and assess students’ experience, challenges and barriers in learning at Deakin study environment. It also helps both international students and staff to enhance learning and teaching in a better way.
Evaluating Assessment Practices in Design Based Learning Environment
Duration: 1 year
This study focuses on evaluating assessment practices in design based learning environment. The School of Engineering at Deakin University practices project/design based learning as one of its learning and teaching approach. By practicing the design focused learning environment and evaluating students’ perceptions, this research study examines students’ experiences of assessment practices in their curriculum through an online survey given to the same cohort of students in third year and fourth year undergraduate engineering.
Professor Carol Boyle
|Problem-based learning, Curriculum development and enhancement|
Professor Mike Tan
|Project/design-based learning, Educational technologies|
Associate Professor Aman Maung Than Oo
|Educational technologies, Project/design-based learning|
Dr Yanan Wang
Dr Mohammad Arif
Dr Mahbube Subhani
|Educational technologies, Cloud and located learning|