The E-Journal methodology has been developed to enhance the
link between theory and its application to technical skills-development
within the design and engineering disciplines.
The online E-Journal adopts the metaphor of a technology
journal and approach, offering a fortnightly release of six
discreet issues throughout the semester.
Each E-Journal issue comprises a unique theoretical topic
and related set of activities to help contextualise the learning.
Alternate weeks comprise face-to-face tutorials and development
of group-based case studies in which student groups develop
their own unique virtual reality worlds.
Each issue of the E-Journal contains a front-page summary
matrix linking to the following issue-specific features and
Article: Students read article summaries and full
PDF articles (including links to further research information).
Editorial: Students research topical question posed
in the Editorial cell of the matrix, and contribute reflective
submissions to the Editorial page of site.
Tutorial: Students undertake the online tutorial to
gain technical skills in the relevant technology for application
in the case studies (e.g. utilising virtual reality software:
Case Studies: Students work either individually or
in small groups to develop their own unique case study projects
- integrating theoretical knowledge from Articles/Editorial
and practical skills gained from both online and face-to-face
tutorials. Works-in-progress are submitted to the Case Studies
page of the relevant E-Journal issue, along with reflective
comments and insights.
The E-Journal methodology utilises a constructivist learning
environment, offering a problem-centred, activity-based approach
that encourages cooperative group learning and reflection.
Theoretical learning is contextualised to the students' unique
case study projects and disciplines. The E-Journal also offers
both horizontal and vertical learning perspectives. That is,
the navigation has been designed to allow quick access to
the progression of outcomes across the full spread of issues,
or conversely, the ability to drill down into each specific