Workshopping a Sustainability Scenario with First Year Engineering Students in a Problem Based Learning Environment: Exploring and Appreciating Complexities of Attaining Sustainable Systems

By Fae Martin, Patrick Keleher, David Jorgensen, Mark Steedman and Ken Smith.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

A workshop activity which serves to demonstrate how technological changes impact on society. Also highlights the impact media has on peoples perceptions of events.

Keywords: Problem based Learning, Sustainability, Portfolio, Reflective Journal, Team Learning

International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.33-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 802.024KB).

Dr Fae Martin

Fae’s background is in structural design engineering. She currently works in tertiary education, facilitating students in project based learning courses as well as flexible learning environments. Fae is currently involved with the development of innovative programs that combine flexible delivery with the philosophy of learning in context. Fae’s research interests include engineering education, sustainability, scheduling, artificial intelligence, combinatorial optimisation and structures.

Dr Patrick Keleher

Patrick has worked and facilitated staff groups in all three of the primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors in providing innovative teaching and learning environments and experiences. Patrick has held various middle management positions and has developed a range of management and leadership foci that encourage dialogue and sustainable practices within a systems thinking approach. Patrick has held a range of positions on Physics professional and education bodies. Patrick's areas of research include robotics, environmental management, futures studies, engineering education and physics education.

Assoc Prof David Jorgensen

David Jorgensen is responsible for the strategic development, operation and delivery of all CQU engineering undergraduate programs. He has been involved in the design and development, operation and delivery of innovative, flexible engineering programs at several tertiary and TAFE institutions since 1980. This followed a number of years working as a Professional Engineer in the electricity supply industry in the 1970s. His main scholarship interests encompass professional engineering practice and education innovation and development, including co-operative education and project and problem based learning and professional practice.

Mr Mark Steedman

Mark has worked within staff groups in the tertiary education sector, providing innovative teaching and learning environments and experiences in an engineering project-based learning context. He has recently worked as a civil engineer providing consulting and research support services, and as a lecturer facilitating learning at all undergraduate levels. His current focus is first year project-based learning that facilitates the attainment of generic professional engineering skills.

Mr Ken Smith

Ken has experience in heavy industries such as aluminium smelting, mining and shale oil production with a focus on project management. Ken has teaching experience in the vocational/post compulsory and tertiary education sectors where he has taught engineering at both a trade and undergraduate level. Ken also has a background in both civil and military aviation and holds commercial pilot qualifications.


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