Young, Frank R. and Gibbings, Peter (2007) Learning flexibility: the environment and a case study. In: ASCILITE 2007: 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: ICT: Providing Choices for Learners and Learning, 2-5 Dec 2007, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
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This paper outlines the flexible student learning environment in the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying, before concentrating on evaluating one online learning option. This Faculty provides a variety of high quality on-campus, distance education and on-line academic programmes and various learning strategies for the heterogeneous student cohort (national and international). By accessing appropriate flexible learning and different learning experiences, students are empowered to determine learning opportunities and methodologies to suit their personal needs. The off-campus mode study may disadvantage students since they don’t have the benefit of face-to-face instructions or to participate in formative assessments delivered informally in lectures. This may lead to feelings of remoteness and isolation leading to poorer learning, lower results in assessments, and may also contribute to drop-out rates, particularly in first year courses. To overcome this inequity, the usual training materials presented for a first year course in 2005 were supplemented with PowerPoint lectures, enhanced with synchronous audio, and a series of quizzes to be used as formative assessments. The lectures and quizzes were presented online via a course web site and were designed to become an integral part of the learning experience. An evaluation of the effectiveness of these strategy demonstrated improved students' learning, a positive contribution to the learning experience, increased enjoyment of the course, and a strong learning motivator. Students reported feeling less disenfranchised with the university and having a greater affinity with the lecturer.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)|
|Additional Information:||Published version desposited with blanket permission of publisher.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||engineering education, Breeze, quiz, online education, flexible learning, pedagogy, spatial science|
|Subjects:||330000 Education > 330100 Education Studies > 330109 Assessment and Evaluation
290000 Engineering and Technology > 291000 Geomatic Engineering > 291099 Geomatic Engineering not elsewhere classified
|Depositing User:||Assoc Prof Frank Young|
|Date Deposited:||12 Nov 2007 01:12|
|Last Modified:||02 Jul 2013 22:51|
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