The Engineering Learning Unit (ELU) was established in 2007 to lead innovation and excellence in engineering education within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.
The core of the ELU are the education specialists. They are Prof David Shallcross, Assoc. Prof. Gavin Buskes. Other members of the ELU include Mr Brice Shen (ELU Manager), Dr Kaya Prpic.
As well as providing leadership in engineering education within the School, the ELU also serves the School in a number of other ways:
- mentoring to new academic staff;
- advice and mentoring to staff requiring assistance in teaching;
- engineering education research;
- coordination of multi-disciplinary subjects such as Fluid Mechanics;
- running the Skills Towards Employment Program (STEP);
- analysis of student survey results;
- research as requested by the School (for example, development of translation of academic standards for qualifications from different countries);
- engineering education seminars and promulgation of best practice;
- School teaching awards;
- tutor training; and,
- professional accreditation preparation.
Currently the ELU is focussed on developing capabilities in three main areas of engineering education:
- assessment and feedback
- student engagement
- development of teamwork, management and communication skills.
Academic English tutorials
The Academic English Tutorials are a set of support classes for Engineering students. This program is provided to help students in need of extra English language and academic support.
Automated multiple choice system
This program offers a way to automate multiple choice tests, decreasing time spent on marking, and providing unique statistics to review test quality and student learning.
The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology Teaching Awards
Each year, the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) awards outstanding staff with awards for demonstrated excellence and contribution in teaching and learning.
Maple TA is a customisable online quiz tool with the capability of adding random elements into questions.
Engineering practice hurdle
The engineering practice hurdle is the submission of an ePortfolio, demonstrating your capabilities, for internal assessment within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.
Peer assisted study scheme (PASS)
PASS is an international program that brings together small groups of students to study, supervised by a senior student.
Tutor training and development
Tutor training is a six week program run by a teaching specialist, covering essential knowledge as well as specific aspects of tutoring and particular concerns of participants.
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
The University of Melbourne
Rapid Feedback - oral presentations is the fastest way to provide individual and tailored feedback to your students on their oral presentations. Your students will love the detailed written feedback they will receive within minutes of finishing their presentation. Rapid Feedback allows you to grade and generate accurate and helpful feedback in real time while your students deliver their presentations.
Written by educators for educators, the app allows assessors to grade student presentations across different criteria. Assessors can then select as many or as few pre-written comments as they like from an in-built library that addresses over 180 common issues. The selected comments then appear in a PDF document which can be e-mailed to the student the moment their presentation is complete. Assessors also have the option to personalise the feedback by adding an audio file of spoken comments.
With Rapid Feedback you can
- Enter individual student data or import class data as a CSV file
- Create your own scoring rubric using the criteria provided giving any weighting you wish.
- Generate real time feedback including grades using the library that addresses over 180 common issues.
- Add your own comments to the feedback in-built comment library.
- Review the grades and feedback comments selected.
- E-mail your students and/or yourself the 2 to 3-page PDF document generated using the comments selected.
- Personalise the feedback by recording an audio message to be sent with the PDF document.
- Save and archive student data, results and feedback reports.
- Export final results as a CSV file.
Nearly all comments have been written in two or three different forms so no two students will receive the same feedback file even if identical comments are selected.
Rapid feedback - oral presentations is a product of the Engineering Learning Unit of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Melbourne, Australia.