Development of a customised software module within the Moodle LMS for team-based PBL courses

Zhou, Hong and Goh, Steven C. and Worden, John and Tschirpig, Barry and Yong, Andrew and Brodie, Lyn (2010) Development of a customised software module within the Moodle LMS for team-based PBL courses. In: AaeE 2010: Past, Present, Future - the 'Keys' to Engineering Education Research and Practice, 5-8 Dec 2010, Sydney, Australia.

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This paper reports on the development of a software Moodle block project within the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) to enhance its capability to allocate students from many differently distinguished cohorts into team-based PBL classes at The University of Southern Queensland (USQ). Within the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying (FoES) at USQ, there is an ongoing need for USQ Moodle Development Team to support academic staff members to manage their courses efficiently and improve students’ learning experience, particularly in our FoES Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Strand where courses have large student numbers and are team-based. There is a need for the LMS to have the capability to construct student teams based on a combination of academic program, discipline major and gender, and to complement their learning experience via peer assessments. In addition, the assessment module within USQ Moodle LMS needs to be enhanced to accommodate team-based assessments and to facilitate its derivation of individual results using a combination of peer-assessed and instructor-assessed results. This paper focuses on the development of new Moodle modules to address the two main deficiencies within team-based courses. While this paper is somewhat software development centric, there were educational drivers such as profiling used in team allocation to achieve a desired mix in the teams, and the pedagogies behind peer-instructor assessment mix that were addressed.

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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 Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2011 05:15
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 02:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: Moodle; learning management system; higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080309 Software Engineering
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development

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