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Using Electronic Portfolio Repositories As A Student Resource For Mse Applications

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

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June 25, 2008



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Materials Education Perspectives

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13.1337.1 - 13.1337.9



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Aaron Blicblau Swinburne University of Technology

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"Aaron Blicblau graduated as materials engineer and worked in the manufacturing and steel industry for ten years. He then commenced lecturing at Swinburne University of Technology specialising in materials science and engineering to students ranging form first year to final year. . He has been involved in implementing novel teaching procedures to improve the learning aspects of students as well as his own teaching processes. Over the past few years he has adopted and implemented active learning measures including problem based and project based learning. During 2007, he was awarded a Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning ranging across first to final year engineering."

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Using Electronic repositories as a student resource for MSE applications

Abstract In the majority of engineering disciplines, MSE provides resources and applications with many other areas of engineering, e.g., design, structures, mechanics, and manufacturing. For the students to transfer and implement their MSE knowledge, they must have easy access to all their information. The eportfolio is a repository of the student’s entire academic MSE content and provides a wealth of knowledge applicable to all engineering disciplines. This repository combines not only lecture and textbook material, but also every assignment (in assessed format), all quizzes (with answers) laboratory activities (in audiovisual format), student oral presentations (podcast), and lectures in asynchronous format. This allows all of the data and information accumulated by students throughout their varying MSE course collected in one place, and is able to act as a quick resource and information kit for future use as the eportfolio is quickly accessed. Student and graduate responses have been positive especially for those in the workforce who require immediate and correct information. Introduction The work outlined in this paper provides details of the activities involved with the design and development of an electronic portfolio (eportfolio) approach to the implementation of a repository of both work undertaken in the area of materials science and engineering (MSE) information retrieved in relevant areas by students of engineering at the university at which I teach. Materials science and engineering (MSE) forms a thread throughout many engineering courses, weaving amongst different subjects and interlacing across different year levels. The course content is often delivered in a variety of modes involving lectures, tutorials, presentations, and laboratory experiments. With the implementation of high capacity electronic storage systems, the retention and retrieval of pedagogical documentation has removed the necessity by students to preserve their academic work in paper format. In the MSE course which I teach, I am implementing an eportfolio of all student work and associated reference material. The field of MSE is ever increasing with a comprehensive amount of resource information. Access to this information is vital for productive outcomes. The days of the traditional published and written material as the only major source of information has been supplemented by requirements of industry. They now expect graduates with skills (outcomes) not only in their areas of training, but who are also are adept with electronic, (e-forms) of communication and presentation. Electronic-portfolios, commonly referred to as eportfolios are a necessary part of an engineer’s toolkit1, 2. The eportfolios discussed here are not specifically designed for assessment, but as a repository of information for current and future implementation. Details are given of an electronic-portfolio, eportfolio, which was developed for use by both junior and senior student. The portfolio encompassed digital, electronic, audio/visual, oral and paper based content. Utilising a variety of portfolio content would enable the student to both learn how to communicate in different media as well as self assess their work in different

Blicblau, A. (2008, June), Using Electronic Portfolio Repositories As A Student Resource For Mse Applications Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3823

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