Are you implementing innovations in engineering or STEM education at the college or university level? Are you looking for ways to assess the impact of your implementation? Then, this series of workshop is for you!
The era of IR4.0 requires innovations in engineering and STEM education. In higher education, assessing the impact and the effectiveness of these innovations are problematic because although engineering and STEM educators are experts in the knowledge, many are not well-versed in educational research. This workshop is designed as a gateway for practitioners and educators in engineering and STEM education at tertiary level to embark on the journey towards conducting meaningful, scholarly and rigorous research in engineering and generally STEM education.
To help engineering and STEM educators learn and apply rigorous educational research, the following series of four workshops will be held:
Part 1: Introduction to engineering and STEM education research
Part 2: Preparing research proposals in engineering and STEM education
Part 3: Data analysis in engineering and STEM education research
Part 4: Publication in engineering and STEM education
A special symposium will be organized for the participants of the workshop to present their work and receive constructing feedback from the community of practice in engineering education.
Part 1: Introduction to engineering education research
In the first part of the workshop series, the participants will be exposed to various areas and examples of research in engineering education. Using a constructivist approach, the participants will be guided to formulate their research problem, prepare research problem background and define their individual research aims. At the end of this workshop, the participants will be able to find relevant previous research that can guide them in determining the individual potential research area that they want to contribute in.
Date: 14-16 February 2019
Venue: Dewan Teknovasi, Ground Floor, Innovation and Commercialisation Centre, Industry Centre Building, KM20, Jalan Pontian Lama Skudai, 81300 Johor Bahru, Johor
Part 2: Preparing research proposal in engineering education
This second workshop aims to guide the participants in preparing their individual research proposal in engineering education as a continuation from the research problem identified in the previous workshop. The participants will be introduced to research paradigms, methodology, various research methods and some data analysis techniques. Participants are encouraged to conduct the research after the proposal is presented at the end of this workshop.
Part 3: Data analysis in engineering education research
In this workshop, participants will be guided to analyse the data that they have collected after the second workshop. Both quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques will be introduced with hands-on activities to further grasp the techniques. The participants will be asked to analyse their own data during the workshop so they can acquire help from the trainers and facilitators.
Part 4: Publication in engineering education
The final part of the workshop series is designed for the participants to document their research that they developed from Part 1 of the workshop series. The participants will be introduced to various journals and conferences that can become the potential avenues for them to publish their work. They will be guided to prepare their own publication based on a general flow of article writing for engineering education research. They will be exposed to the editorial processes of some high impact journals in engineering education to enable them to review their article and other articles in engineering and STEM education.