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Problem-Based Learning: Contrasting Scandinavian & Australian Experiences, From Curriculum Development & Student-Based Perspectives

June 26, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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Education Society Seminar & Panel Discussion.

What do PBL approaches have to offer Engineering courses in Australian universities? The presentation contrasts how PBL is embedded in Scandinavian and Australian university settings, and highlights the distinct approaches, curriculum and institutional arrangements in the implementation of PBL. At stake is the quality of the student experience, the capability of the graduate prepared by Engineering degree programs, and opportunities to enhance and strengthen connections with industry and professional organisations. Issues raised are what kind of engineering graduates should we develop in Australia.



Dr. John Hannon is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at La Trobe University. He has experience in curriculum development for blended and online learning, academic and professional development, and in higher education teaching. John researches and publishes on the transformative effects of the digitisation of academic work and teaching, including academic/professional development, practices with open education resources (OER), and intercultural communication. Recent grants include research into interdisciplinary teaching and curricula, and an Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) funded project on digital literacies in undergraduate health curriculum.

Mr. Steven Buck is a developing specialist in building city resilience, through holistic, whole‐of‐water‐cycle management and climate adaptation strategies. He uses his interdisciplinary background in Environmental Engineering, Economics, and Finance to aid cities capture, restore and enhance ecosystem services into urban landscapes for economic, social and environmental benefits. He takes influences from Scandinavian urban design and sustainable water management from completing part of his studies at Lund University (Sweden), the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), and the Danish Hydraulic Institute (DHI). During his time in Copenhagen, Steve worked in climate change adaptation and assisted with several ‘cloudburst’ and coastal resiliency projects in Denmark, the US, and in Asia‐Pacific region. He volunteers in university programs, non‐for‐profit organisations, industry conferences and community activities. He currently sits on the committee of Young Engineers Australia (VIC), the VIC Water Panel of Engineers Australia, and is a member of AustralianWater Association and the Australian Conservation Foundation.


Time: 6:00, Refreshments from 5:30

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ieee-victorian-section-education-society-chapter-seminar-panel-discussion-tickets-46973631396

Further details: Paul.Junor@gmail.com


RMIT – Building 80, Level 2, Room 80.2.02

445 Swanston Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia