SPIDER – enabling seminar presentations for distance education

Kist, Alexander A. and Brodie, Lyn (2011) SPIDER – enabling seminar presentations for distance education. In: 39th SEFI Annual Conference: Global Engineering Recognition, Sustainability and Mobility (SEFI 2011), 27-30 Sep 2011, Lisbon, Portugal.


Key graduate attributes of engineering students do not only focus on technical but also transferable skills. With the rapid changes in technology, skills such as critical evaluation and lifelong learning are becoming a major focus of educators. The nature of distance education makes it difficult to provide students with opportunities to develop and hone these skills. A SPIDER Activity is a comprehensive learning and assessment strategy including Selection, Preparation and Investigation, Discussion, Evaluation and Reflection. The activity is supported by a custom learning
management system implementation in Moodle. This learning
activity has been trialled in a number of subjects and evidence suggests that student learning outcomes have improved. This study focuses on how this tool is used by students and particularly investigates the relationship between peer assessment and the level of student engagement. The SPIDER tool enables several key features of good assessment and this work provides evidence of increased student engagement by analyzing the comments
students provided for their peers.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. Society for European Engineering Education.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2012 03:02
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2017 22:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: transferable skills; technical writing; presentations; peer assessment; distance education; student engagement; higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080505 Web Technologies (excl. Web Search)
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20428

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