As part of the CETLs (NI) initiative, the School of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast has been recognised by the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) as a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) in Active and Interactive Learning. This DEL initiative seeks to increase and enhance the impact of teaching excellence across the wider teaching and learning community by encouraging collaboration and the dissemination of good practice, and by promoting scholarly and forward-looking approaches.
This CETL is enhancing team-based active learning, and facilitating the development of student-centred, flexible learning teams, supported by experts in curriculum development. The Centre also supports staff in the development of learning materials and methods of facilitation which are appropriate for active and interactive learning. This approach will enhance students' skills and abilities to ensure they are better equipped to face the real world engineering situations they will encounter in the workplace. In addition this approach will embed business awareness and entrepreneurship. In short, it will enhance student employability.
"Equipping engineering students with the knowledge and skills required by professional engineers"Project Skills development is an essential component of Engineering Education. However, such learning outcomes cannot be realised within traditional transmission models of teaching. CEAIL is shifting the emphasis towards the processes of learning and towards transformed pedagogies for higher education.