Applications are invited for a PhD in Engineering Education based in the Remote Laboratories activity led by Prof Tim Drysdale, Chair of Technology Enhanced Science Education, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh. The co-supervision team comprises Prof Tim Stratford, Personal Chair of Civil Engineering Design & Dean of Learning and Teaching College of Science and Engineering, and Dr Jonathan Terry, Course Organiser for Engineering Design 1, School of Engineering.
Remote laboratories allow students to do practical work with real equipment, in real-time, from anywhere by connecting to the equipment through a web-browser. At the University of Edinburgh we are leading the creation of an open-source digital infrastructure for remote laboratories (https://practable.io) and coupling physical and software developments with educational research so as to translate leading education theory into practice.
This addresses the requirement for institutions to deliver more experiential learning, to more students, over a wider geographic area, together with developing much-needed alternative approaches for feedback and authentic assessment in the higher education sector. The UN has recently highlighted the fundamental importance of free and open public digital infrastructures in education. We are committed to open-source developments and lowering the barrier to all in participating in modern digital education.
The successful candidate will develop and evaluate remote laboratory-based teaching exercises for large classes of engineering students (>450) at the University of Edinburgh, which will then go on to be used around the country and further afield. We currently deliver traditional laboratories over a wide range of engineering teaching with examples including labs on the strength of materials, chemical processes, renewable energy devices, dynamics, microcontrollers, electronics, and control systems amongst others. Our remote experiments either complement or extend these, with examples including harmonic motion, rotational position and velocity control, strain in truss structures, electromagnetic measurements, and forthcoming experiments in microcontroller programming and electronic sensing.
- 2:1 or higher degree in a numerate subject
- strong digital literacies, including software development (any language)
- strong communication skills
- informal or professional teaching experience
- digital education experience or qualifications
To Apply: https://www.eng.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/research/phd/remote-microscopy-laboratories-stem-education