Using e-tutor program and pre-lab assessment task to enhance laboratory experience of civil engineering students

Hu Jiao, Fidelis Mashiri, Tongming Zhou

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    Abstract

    Before attending a lab session, students are usually required to be familiarized
    with laboratory tasks through pre-lab preparation. While it was found pre-lab
    preparation was an effective way to promote student learning, the benefits of running
    pre-lab preparation were not fully investigated. Traditional lab description sheets may
    provide general information on safety operation procedures and pre-lab questions.
    However, if these pre-lab questions were not assessed, they could easily be ignored by
    students. In this research, pre-lab problems were designed to give unique parameters to
    each student. Students were required to solve the problems and obtain theoretical values
    which were verified later in a practical lab session. To minimize the marking load, the
    pre-lab submissions were automatically marked using the e-tutor program. Results
    showed that the pre-lab preparation program was successful in enhancing students’
    learning interests, in preventing plagiarism, and in increasing the efficiency of labs with
    the duration of a lab session being significantly reduced.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education
    EditorsYasir M. Al-Abdeli, Euan Lindsay
    PublisherEngineers Australia
    Pages633-638
    ISBN (Print)9780858259980
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event22nd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE - Fremantle, Western Australia, Fremantle , Australia
    Duration: 1 Jan 20117 Dec 2011

    Conference

    Conference22nd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education
    CountryAustralia
    CityFremantle
    Period1/01/117/12/11

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    Jiao, H., Mashiri, F., & Zhou, T. (2011). Using e-tutor program and pre-lab assessment task to enhance laboratory experience of civil engineering students. In Y. M. Al-Abdeli, & E. Lindsay (Eds.), Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (pp. 633-638). Engineers Australia.