Work in progress: developing and evaluating tutor training for collaborative teaching

Brodie, Lyn and Jolly, Hannah (2012) Work in progress: developing and evaluating tutor training for collaborative teaching. In: 42nd ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE 2012): Soaring to New Heights in Engineering Education , 3-6 Oct 2012, Seattle, WA. United States.

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The use collaborative of pedagogies in undergraduate engineering courses are usually implemented by academics who place value on the student experience and their students achieving deep as opposed to surface learning. The professional development and understanding of appropriate theories needed to prepare materials and support student learning in these different teaching environments is often left to the academic to pursue independently, if at all. Whilst individual academics who revitalise courses in line with collaborative learning practices have the motivation, personality and teaching skills necessary to facilitate a class or groups of students, it may not be so for additional 'tutors' allocated to assist. Their differences in philosophy, personality and skills may have major impacts on the student learning experience. Even where tutors may be experienced academics in their own right, they may not fully understand the rationale and methods being employed and may need skill development. Professional development of academic staff is often overlooked in universities but it is vital for staff to engage in new learning and teaching practices and skill development if collaborative teaching strategies are to be sustained and make a positive contribution to the student learning journey. These factors become even more important as universities move into the online environment where meaningful engagement with the student cohort is significantly more than just making content available and having electronic submission of assignments. 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. The method of evaluation, and subsequent findings were enabled, rather than constrained by the online environment.


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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 16 May 2013 23:50
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 06:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: problem based learning; PBL; professional development; tutor training; evaluation; online teaching; 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
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1109/FIE.2012.6462387
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22604

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