The impact of extra-curricular activities on the Engineering student experience through the pandemic

Saeed, Nagham ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5124-7973 (2022) The impact of extra-curricular activities on the Engineering student experience through the pandemic. In: 2022 Festival of learning and teaching, 19 Jul 2022, London, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The sudden shift from traditional education to online education created many challenges and difficulties for universities, faculty members, and students. Through the COVID period, students’ enthusiasm dropped heavily and many lost motivation due to the different learning environments and conditions besides reduction in the graduate job opportunities. Hence, in the 2021/22 academic year, during the coronavirus outbreak, a series of virtual and on-site extra-curricular activities were offered to Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) BEng students at the University of West London as a complement to their degrees. The activities were well-planned to address students’ anxiety over employment prospects in a post-COVID world. The study’s findings were promising as students reflected positively on their experience and how it could influence them in the future. The students who participated in these activities have found each of them enlightening in that it exposed them to many different areas of engineering and its diverse applications. Whilst they appreciated all of the five activities, most of the students found the professional lectures to be the most interesting activity in terms of the topics covered and the wide influence of subjects discussed on all aspects of students’ daily lives. In addition, the information provided by the speakers complemented the students’ studies. In conclusion, this case study should be considered as a reference to select the right activities that meets Engineering students’ needs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: Education > Teaching and learning
Depositing User: Nagham Saeed
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2022 17:16
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2022 09:59
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/9241

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