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Challenges and prospects of a robotics course to supplement Australia’s digital technology curriculum

Hardy, L, Castles, M, Yeom, S ORCID: 0000-0002-5843-101X and Kang, B ORCID: 0000-0003-3476-8838 2019 , 'Challenges and prospects of a robotics course to supplement Australia’s digital technology curriculum', in Proceedings of the IEEE 19th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT) , Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, United States, pp. 224-226 , doi: 10.1109/ICALT.2019.00074.

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Abstract

Challenges arise when extracurricular programs aren’t aligned to the local curriculum and when courses are inflexible regarding the students learning pace. Modification of pre-existing programs can be achieved with enough domain knowledge, which can solve relevant gaps for digital technology Curriculums. The process of modifying such programs can bring to light other challenges like mixing very different technology, encouraging self-efficacy and engagement, and pacing learning to individual needs. This pilot-study highlights some of the challenges faced in using a program not designed for the local audience; the steps taken to change the program for the Australian digital technology curriculum; and identifies some areas of further research in extracurricular activity development for a digital technology curriculum.

Item Type: Conference Publication
Authors/Creators:Hardy, L and Castles, M and Yeom, S and Kang, B
Keywords: robotics, digital technology curriculum, STEM, Lego, engagement
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the IEEE 19th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT)
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISSN: 2161-377X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1109/ICALT.2019.00074
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