Optoelectronic technology profiles

Motivating and developing research skills in undergraduate students

D. M. Kane*

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A case study is described of the redesign of an assessment task-the writing of an Optoelectronic Technology profile-to achieve improved outcomes in student education and capability development, in particular, research skills. Attention is drawn to the value of a formally scheduled discussion between teacher and student around controlling the scope of the profile via an appropriately constructed "brief", and the selection and evaluation of the reference resources to be used in completing the task. Student motivation is improved through "student publishing" and encouraging students to regard their technology profile as an example of their work that can be shown to potential employers, possibly as part of a portfolio. Students have the choice as to whether they will also use the technology profile task as a vehicle to develop teamwork experience and skills.

Original languageEnglish
Article number96661H
Pages (from-to)96661H-1-96661H-9
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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