Innovative learning at the University of Edinburgh

Furber, Alison, Gillie, Martin, Bisby, Luke, Stratford, Timothy, Crapper, Martin, White, Douglas and Blackford, Jane (2014) Innovative learning at the University of Edinburgh. Proceedings of the ICE - Management, Procurement and Law, 167 (1). pp. 13-24. ISSN 1751-4304

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Abstract

The activities available to civil engineering students during the University of Edinburgh's innovative learning week in 2012 were examined. The academic staff proposed a wide range of possible activities and student participation was optional. Popular activities were those with a ‘hands-on’ element: making or doing something. The practical activities offered included designing and building trebuchets, relaying railway permanent way on a heritage railway, practical workshops on engineering in international development and learning to juggle. These activities suggested that heuristic learning by trial and error was likely to enhance the visualisation skills that contribute to good engineering design. Further, the linking of achievement to purposeful practice rather than innate talent could inform teaching methods in the future. They also showed that in some cases safety culture messages were still not fully assimilated by students.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: buildings, structures & design ; education & training ; design methods & aids
Subjects: H200 Civil Engineering
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2016 14:38
Last Modified: 10 May 2017 16:40
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/26999

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