Exploring Ideas for Innovations in the Educational Technology at a Regional Campus in Western Australia

By J Audy.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Recent budget allocations to tertiary education sector are challenging many universities, especially small regional campuses, to explore the use of innovative ways for delivering more cost efficient teaching services, and providing their students with an improved teaching/learning environment. This paper describes continuous efforts in teaching, research and training diverse groups of science students at a regional campus in Western Australia. One efficient way to reduce financial expenses associated with practical experimental work and laboratory activities was to develop and use proprietary softwares for teaching technology related subjects. This involved the students in real life like prototyping activities, through modelling and simulations, resulting later in the production of real products that suited their interest. Results showed that the effectiveness was in the development of flexible teaching delivery, sustainable cost efficient learning environment and improvements in the following measures: unit organisation, learning scope, evaluation of learning resources and context and overall satisfaction.

Keywords: Technology Education, Regional Campus, Efficiency, Traditional Delivery Mode, Teaching and Learning, Computer Assisted Teaching

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp.427-434. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.290MB).

Dr. J Audy

Senior Lecturer in Science - Coordinator of Diploma in Science, Faculty of Regional Professional Studies, Edith Cowan University, Bunbury, Western Australia, Australia

Dr. Audy is a Senior Lecturer in Materials Science, and the co-ordinator of the Diploma of Science at ECU-SW, at Faculty of Regional Professional Studies at Edith Cowan University. His professional experience is in design, development of prototypes and testing the product performance and material quality. Teaching and Research interests include: materials involved in surfing, boating and automotive industry, optimisation of manufacturing methods using data banks and computer assisted predictions.

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