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 2020 IEEE Global engineering education conference (EDUCON)
    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 pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)9781728109305
    ISBN (Print)9781728109312 (Print on demand)
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2020
    EventEDUCON 2020: IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference - Polytechnic of Porto - School of Engineering, Porto, Portugal
    Duration: 27 Apr 202030 Apr 2020
    Conference number: 2020 (Conference program)

    Publication series

    NameIEEE Education Engineering (EDUCON)
    ISSN (Print)2165-9559
    ISSN (Electronic)2165-9567


    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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    • ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Enhancement Grant

      Dann, Stephen (Recipient), Lear, Emmaline (Recipient) & Kan John, Priscilla (Recipient), 2018

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