Keynotes and Speakers for ITx Rutherford
Ara Institute of Canterbury
Dr David Weir is a Principal Academic Staff Member at Ara Intstitute of Canterbury with over 30 years’ experience in the tertiary education sector. He currently mainly teaches on software development courses in the BICT degree with a particular interest in project based courses and the work integrated capstone project course.
The level seven multimedia project course at Ara Institute of Canterbury usually requires students to interview a client, define a problem and develop a series of prototypes with the aim of eventually meeting the needs of the client.
With much of the course taking place during level 4 lockdown, the meeting with clients would have proved problematic and would have also proved problematic in level 3 and to a lesser extent in level 2. A solution to this issue was to modify the assessment so that students would develop a “Virtual Neighbourhood Tour”.
The purpose of this paper is to present how the course was organised and the processes that were used to engage the students throughout the course. A brief literature review is presented that covers prototyping concepts, authentic learning activities, and the use of technologies to enhance student engagement.
A description of how the project course was structured and delivered is included along with how it relates to the concepts of prototyping to discover user needs.
Conclusions highlight the success of the delivery and running of the course in this context including the engagement of the students and the products that were produced.