With the pandemic and economic disruption, we have a couple of thousand
students in Perth who have completed their degree studies but are waiting to
graduate because they cannot get appropriate internships to complete their
course requirements. We also have many mid-career engineers laid off from
projects and even major companies.
LifeBridge is a voluntary, non-profit organisation I helped set up to bring
these people together with smaller businesses interested in helping out. The
idea is to build on engineering practice research at UWA to give the students a
head start in their careers. We will use this research to rapidly develop their
professional skills and employability under the guidance of volunteer
mid-career engineers. The aim is to get as many as possible working in small
project teams, developing ideas for local companies in Perth.
I need help from engineer volunteers (employed, looking for work themselves,
or retired and willing to help). In the process they will acquire new
professional capabilities that will make them more attractive for companies
hiring them as project opportunities emerge.
We at LifeBridge also need your help to pass the word out to students and
graduates looking for paid engineering work, particularly international
students who have a tough time finding internships.
Click or tap here
for more details and prospectus.
Click or tap here to register your interest today.
I know many of you have already ordered the book… for unknown reasons it took two months for my copies to arrive. At least now I can start planning the launch celebrations here in Perth. It’s nice to see electronic files finally in the form of printed books. For more details and how to order… jamesptrevelyan.com/books/
Recently, thanks to a tweet from Jenni Case, I came across Michael Schneider’s and Franzis Preckel’s analysis on the influence of 105 variables influencing student learning performance in higher education .
Teaching staff are being urged to adopt new and supposedly better teaching methods than traditional lectures. With more than 60 different methods ranging from problem-based learning to flipped classrooms, it can be hard for even an experienced university teacher to know where to begin. And then there are dozens of student factors that also influence learning performance. Knowing which characteristics of students, teachers and instruction methods influence learning outcomes and by how much will be immensely helpful which is why this is an amazingly useful paper.
The results should be compulsory reading for everyone involved in university teaching.