Developing a learning community to support student learning in a first year statics course

Devine, Jo and Kimmins, Lindy (2010) Developing a learning community to support student learning in a first year statics course. In: AaeE 2010: Past, Present, Future - the 'Keys' to Engineering Education Research and Practice, 5-8 Dec 2010, Sydney, Australia.

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Engineering statics is a core first year engineering course which has had a high failure rate and a low level of student satisfaction for several years. It caters to a diverse student cohort which includes a large percentage of distance students.
Some of the factors that appear to contribute to the poor course outcomes include students’ immature study habits, first year isolation issues and variable background knowledge. We are seeking to address these issues by building a collaborative learning community through peer mentoring in both a face to face and virtual (online) environment. Peer leaders will be used to facilitate learning sessions with small groups of on campus students. These sessions will then be replicated in the online mode and extended to more general learning sessions within the university’s residential colleges.
This paper discusses the proposed implementation and evaluation strategy for this program in semester 2, 2010 as well as the expected outcomes.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2011 05:40
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: peer mentoring; peer assisted learning; engineering mechanics; learning community
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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