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7th International CONCEIVE DESIGN IMPLEMENT OPERATE Conference (CDIO2011)

An Evaluation of Active Learning Strategies Applied to Engineering Mathematics
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Author:Charles McCartan <c.mccartan@qub.ac.uk> (Queen's University Belfast)
Tony McNally <t.mcnally@qub.ac.uk> (Queen's University Belfast)
Paul Hermon <p.hermon@qub.ac.uk> (Queen's University Belfast)
Date: 2011-06-20     Track: Main     Session: 1
DOI:10.4122/1.1000054612
DOI:10.4122/1.1000054613

This paper describes a specific engineering mathematics module which has been developed and implemented to promote deeper learning using the CDIO methodology. It conforms to several CDIO Standards and also seeks to develop personal, interpersonal and professional skills through an extensive active and interactive learning paradigm. The content, pedagogy, efficacy and evaluation of the module in relation to student attainment, engagement and enjoyment over a three year period since it was first implemented are discussed. Summative and formative data is used in this regard. Resource and time are the big tradeoffs associated with this approach to teaching engineering mathematics