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Engineering Attractiveness in the European Educational Environment: Can Distance Education Approaches Make a Difference?

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Department of Computer Science and Engineering, European University Cyprus, Nicosia 1516, Cyprus
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Department of Education Sciences, European University Cyprus, Nicosia 1516, Cyprus
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Educ. Sci. 2018, 8(1), 16; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci8010016
Received: 30 October 2017 / Revised: 23 December 2017 / Accepted: 15 January 2018 / Published: 18 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Teaching and Learning in STEM Education)
The recent phenomenon of worldwide declining enrolments in engineering-related degrees has led to the gradual decrease in the number of engineering graduates. This decrease occurs at a time of increasing demand in the labour market for highly qualified engineers, who are necessary for the implementation of fundamental societal functions. This paper initially presents a survey of practices, which are currently employed by academic institutions in Europe in order to increase the attractiveness of their engineering studies. It then provides a detailed analysis of the benefits and proliferation of distance education to increase attractiveness of engineering studies based on a set of interviews. Results of this study, highlight a lack of a distance-learning dimension in the implementation of engineering studies in the European Area and discusses in detail ways in which distance learning can be utilised in engineering studies for the benefit of increasing their attractiveness. It has also been noted that institutions employing distance learning as part of their engineering studies, see this as highly beneficial for their students but also for the academic institution itself with some reservations in terms of the pedagogical adequacy of materials and instructional approaches used in distance education courses. View Full-Text
Keywords: engineering attractiveness; distance education; remote laboratories; virtual reality; augmented reality; mixed reality engineering attractiveness; distance education; remote laboratories; virtual reality; augmented reality; mixed reality
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Katzis, K.; Dimopoulos, C.; Meletiou-Mavrotheris, M.; Lasica, I.-E. Engineering Attractiveness in the European Educational Environment: Can Distance Education Approaches Make a Difference? Educ. Sci. 2018, 8, 16.

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