New Engineering Education Research Unit

Date / Time: 9 May 2012

A new research unit has been established at the University of Waikato with a focus on engineering education.

The Waikato Engineering Education Research Unit has the objective of improving learning outcomes for engineering students. Its members come from the Faculty of Science & Engineering and the Faculty of Education. Collaborative research projects carried out by members of the Unit are designed to develop insights and expertise for curriculum innovation and teaching in engineering education.

Some of the Unit’s key research has investigated the impact of threshold concepts on the teaching and learning of electronic engineering (Harlow & Scott, 2011), the use of software tools to improve engineering education experiences (Torrens, de Lange, & Hight, 2011), the use of e-learning practices in engineering education in a University environment (Johnson et al., 2011) and the nature of learning communities in engineering (Kunnemeyer et al., 2008).

The Unit is available for external contract work and keen to discuss opportunities to work with the engineering community to provide a more relevant and engaging curriculum for future engineers.