Evaluating tutor training for online PBL teamwork courses in first year engineering

Jolly, Hannah and Brodie, Lyn and Jolly, Lesley (2011) Evaluating tutor training for online PBL teamwork courses in first year engineering. In: Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES 2011) , 4-7 Oct 2011, Madrid, Spain.

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The use of Problem-based Learning and other collaborative pedagogies in undergraduate engineering courses is recommended by a plethora of learning theory and research on educational best-practice, particularly for Applied Sciences such as Medicine and Engineering. One barrier to implementing and sustaining these curricular and pedagogical approaches lies in the development of the appropriate knowledge and skills and a consistent and appropriate approach in the teaching team. A significant change from the traditional pedagogies employed by tutors and the training of tutors is required, if PBL and similar methods are to be effective in delivering their numerous affordances, especially in asynchronous online environments for distance learning. This paper describes the development of a strategy to train engineering tutors in online PBL facilitation, and the evaluation framework used to assess the effectiveness of this training. Results of the evaluation of training and subsequent behavioural changes of the tutors are given. The evaluation revealed a variance between the message of the training and subsequent practice. Recommendations are made about the need for ongoing tutor development and support, and the necessity of evaluation in the implementation of PBL pedagogies.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copright 2011 Hannah Jolly, Lyn Brodie and Lesley Jolly. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source. Any other usage is prohibited without the express permission of the authors. Deposited with permission of authors. Paper no. 28.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2011 01:26
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 02:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: problem-based learning; facilitator training; evaluation; higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19782

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