Identifying opportunities for improvement
The University of Huddersfield is a public university in Huddersfield, England, with nearly 20,000 students.
Automotive and Motorsport Engineering is one of the University’s most popular undergraduate courses and aims to equip students with the skills and experience they need to make the most of the exciting opportunities the industry has to offer.
In the past, the University’s lecturers relied on traditional methods to teach the course, as John Allport, Professor of Automotive Engineering, explains.
“I came to the university after 30 years in industry, which gave me a different perspective. I realized that the chalk-and-talk, lecture-based approach to teaching was making it difficult for some students to engage with the content and build the skills they would need in the working world.”
With the traditional course structure, the instructors dictated the tempo for the whole student cohort. As a result, there was a risk of moving too quickly through areas where students were struggling and leaving some students behind.
The pass rate on the course was around 75 percent—but faculty at the Department of Automotive Engineering knew there was scope for improvement if they could boost students’ engagement with the material.