Piloted Online Training Module to Teach On-Site Safety in Engineering


  • Frank Ta
  • Andrew Valentine
  • Sally Male
  • Ghulam Mubashar Hassan


interactive learning environment, safety education, engineering education, module


Change in Australian engineering industry has caused difficulty for engineering students to secure placements and engage with engineering practice. Consequently, universities are developing learning modules using digital simulations to expose engineering students to authentic engineering practice as part of their curricula. Many simulations use technology such as virtual reality that is not accessible to students off campus without significant resource investment. One of the important elements of engagement with practice is learning about safety in engineering. With the use of work integrated learning and distance education frameworks, this study developed and evaluated the effectiveness of an online desktop-based learning environment that students could access off-campus, in delivering safety education and awareness, and the benefits of online learning. Fifteen engineering university students (6 female) participated in an optional module using a desktop-based industrial site simulation. Pre and post testing were used to evaluate effectiveness of the module. Results indicated that the module significantly improved understanding and application of the job safety analysis technique and improved on-site safety awareness. The use of flexible online education is versatile and effective. Students benefitted from desktop-based simulation experiences incorporating authentic engineering scenarios and tasks that could be accessed online.




How to Cite

Ta, F., Valentine, A., Male, S., & Hassan, G. M. (2022). Piloted Online Training Module to Teach On-Site Safety in Engineering. ASCILITE Publications, 292–301. Retrieved from https://publications.ascilite.org/index.php/APUB/article/view/276