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Codifying an Approach to Remote Practicals

Version 1 : Received: 13 June 2020 / Approved: 14 June 2020 / Online: 14 June 2020 (15:29:04 CEST)

How to cite: Garrard, A.; Bates, J.; Beck, S.; Funnell, A. Codifying an Approach to Remote Practicals. Preprints 2020, 2020060182 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202006.0182.v1). Garrard, A.; Bates, J.; Beck, S.; Funnell, A. Codifying an Approach to Remote Practicals. Preprints 2020, 2020060182 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202006.0182.v1).

Abstract

Multidisciplinary Engineering Education (MEE) at the University of Sheffield is dedicated to delivering, at scale, practical teaching to students in the Faculty of Engineering. The COVID-19 pandemic initiated the sudden suspension of face to face teaching required MEE to translate over 600 in-lab practicals to a remote delivery format. With little opportunity to coordinate, academic staff independently adopted a variety of tactics to ensure practical learning outcomes were maintained. Following the reactive response, a proactive reflection was conducted and six categories of tactics for remote practicals have been established. These categories are Provide digital artefacts; Simulated practicals; Synchronous remote participation; Asynchronous participation by proxy; Perform procedure in alternative environment; Remote staff support. The advantages and drawbacks of each of these categories is discussed and it is suggested which tactics are appropriate for particular learning outcomes or operational and environmental outcomes of equivalent in-lab practicals. Further work to comprehensively align outcomes to tactics is proposed and lasting benefit from the analysis can be realized by adopting a principle of Remote Enhanced Practicals.

Subject Areas

practical engineering education; remote practicals; blended learning

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