Since 2012 Thinking Writing has been involved in designing and co-teaching a 1st year module in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). The module, Professional and Research Themes in EECS, took what was previously quite a generic core 1st year study skills module and reworked it in order to:
o Engage students with the research culture of the School of EECS and the wider professional community.
o Develop students' abilities to communicate scientific and technical knowledge from their disciplines across a range of media and to different audiences.
o Enable students to experience working in groups on research topics in their disciplines.
o Address aspects of the graduate attributes we hope students develop during their time at Queen Mary. (Read the QM Statement of Graduate Attributes.)
To realise these aims:
o Students work in groups (facilitated by Teaching Assistants from the EECS Research Groups) to make 3 min. videos based on real and current research projects that are introduced by 6 guest speakers from industry and the School of EECS.
o As well as a video, students write a science magazine feature on an area of science related to their research. The magazines are part of the University’s outreach programme to secondary schools to show the exciting side of computer science, electronic and audio engineering.
o The preparation for writing is co-taught by the Thinking Writing/EECS team and the EECS Teaching Assistants.
The editor of the magazines, Professor Paul Curzon, edits the best student pieces which then get published in the magazines. Here are some of the students’ articles that have been published: http://www.cs4fn.org/qmulstudents/
Each year a panel of judges looks at the top scoring films and awards a prize to the top three. Here are some of the winning videos:
Artificial Intelligence: https://vimeo.com/74816453
The project has been presented at the 2014 Media and Learning Conference in Brussels and an article appeared in their May 2015 newsletter: http://news.media-and-learning.eu/files/Media-and-Learning-News_2015-05.pdf#nameddest=ingle
Teaching staff and Thinking Writing also presented a poster of the work at the HE STEM conference in Edinburgh. This was our poster: