With the current changes to our way of living and moving around, QUT has adapted its learning in many creative ways. Our Science and Engineering faculty and the Faculty of Law is showing some great ways of delivering engaging and exciting classes whilst studying online.
Science and Engineering Faculty
The Science and Engineering Faculty is working hard to deliver engaging and exciting classes to students who are currently studying online. Here are few of the ways this is made possible;
Virtual prac classes
One of the Prac’s that is run in Semester 1 requires students to work in teams to pull apart a gearbox, model up the parts (3D Draw), and then put the parts back together again. Just before COVID hit, the students had managed to complete the first part of the experiment (pull the Gearboxes apart) but now had no way of reassembling and working out where all the parts go. To resolve this issue, some of our team have developed a gamified animation where students have to assemble the parts (virtually). It’s a very clever approach which is really engaging.
Our Faculty Technical Services Team and Academics are filming practical classes for students to access online.
- We recently caught up with Hans Moravej and Glen Barnes while they were filming a prac for Civil Engineering Materials (EGB270). Through remote learning, Hans analyses concrete cylinders that have undergone compressive tests. Watch the video
- We recently interviewed Angus McLeod, in-between filming a prac for EGB113 (Energy and engineering systems) to find out what it’s like to now teach remotely. Watch the video
Sending resources around the world
- A second-year Earth & Atmospheric Sciences unit coordinator has worked with SEF Technical Services to put together and ship a package of rocks and minerals to each of the unit’s students. The packages have travelled as far as Oman, and also contain materials to aid in macroscopic mineral identification. Identifying rocks and minerals is a key part of the unit and having access to these packages allows students to pull out the rocks and minerals for that week’s lecture and be guided through learning exercises online. This unit is now being taught as a combination of hands-on learning with live and pre-recorded online lectures, as well as these online exercises.
- Technical Services staff have been busy building, programming, and testing kits for students undertaking EGH456 (Embedded Systems) and EGB250 (Electronic Design). The kits are mailed out to the students and include instruction sheets and videos on how to assemble the items with minimal tools and technical knowledge.
- Students studying first-year Engineering unit – Foundation of Engineering Design (EGB111) are normally required to build a fully functioning crane in our Engineering workshop spaces. Instead, building kits were posted to students containing working motors so they develop a physical build at home.
We’ve been delivering courses remotely for many years since 1977 in fact. In response to COVID-19, we up-scaled online delivery to all our students.
The real-world experience continues online, with:
- lectures, face-to-face tutorials and consults online
- support services, including specialist career advice, financial assistance, and academic support
- virtual work placements and events such as mooting and negotiation skills
- social activities and connections.