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Research enhanced teaching at Murdoch University via the RISE wind energy projects

Whale, J. (2007) Research enhanced teaching at Murdoch University via the RISE wind energy projects. In: World Conference on Science & Technology Education, 8 - 12 July, Perth, Western Australia

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Research-enhanced teaching can lead to a more integrated form of student engagement with research and involves the students with academics in inclusive communities of scholarship (Brew, 2006). At Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, research-enhanced teaching of students in the discipline of Energy Studies has occurred through involvement of students with research projects associated with The Research Institute of Sustainable Energy (RISE). RISE is based on the campus of Murdoch University and its primary role is in assisting the development of the Australian sustainable energy industry. The on-campus presence of RISE and the involvement of University academic staff in RISE affairs means there are close links between the activities of the Institute and the teaching activities at Murdoch. Wind energy is one of Murdoch’s key areas of research strength and students have either been involved with research work connected with the RISE Small Wind Program at the RISE Outdoor Test Area (Whale & Pryor, 2005) or with the RISE Wind Monitoring Program. In the former case, students have been involved in wind turbine testing at one of the wind test stations at the RISE Outdoor Test Area whereas the latter case involved wind resource assessments of sites in Western Australia. In all cases the projects involved industry partners.

The aim of this study was to assess the impact on the students of involvement in the RISE ‘wind projects’. The specific research objectives were:
1. To examine the impact of the wind projects on constructive learning by studying the effect that working with wind turbine technology and/or wind data had on the students understanding of wind energy concepts taught in their courses,
2. To examine the impact of the wind projects on student employability by studying the effect that the exposure to contacts and procedures from industry had on employability skill sets and career choices, and
3. To examine the relationships between academic and industry partners in the wind projects in the context of scholarships of engagement.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Energy
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/12970
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