Using Lego® Serious Play™ Processes to Build Responsible Professionals

Emmaline Lear, Stephen Dann, Priscilla Kan John

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    To be effective in the workforce, engineering and computing graduates need both technical and professional skills. The latter includes, for example, confidence to communicate and work ethically in diverse teams to solve problems. In the Australian National University (ANU) postgraduate programs, the initial development of professional skills is currently embedded in two sequential courses: Professional Practice 1 and 2 (PP2). This Work-in-Progress explores the application of Lego® Serious Play ™ (LSP) with PP2 students as they work together to solve real-world problems in project challenges. We adapted and tested the LSP facilitation for its capacity to integrate into the engineering and computing classroom environment and help our students develop the confidence needed to collaborate with their industry partners to solve the project challenge. We measured the effectiveness of our approach using questionnaires and reflections. The evidence-based insights will help to improve curriculum design for professional skill development in engineering and computing and further our understanding of the challenges presented by innovation in science and technology.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON 2020)
    Subtitle of host publicationEngineering Education for the Future in a Multicultural and Smart World
    EditorsAlberto Cardoso, Gustavo R. Alves, Maria Teresa Restivo
    Place of PublicationPorto, Portugal
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-0930-5
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2020
    EventEDUCON 2020: IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference - Portugal, Porto, Portugal
    Duration: 27 Apr 202030 Apr 2020
    Conference number: 2020


    ConferenceEDUCON 2020
    Abbreviated titleEngineering Education for the Future in a Multicultural and Smart World
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    • ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Enhancement Grant, Building the Innovative/Reflective Learner: Using Lego Serious Play processes to enhance metacognitive practice in postgraduate professional learning environments


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