The effectiveness of team project work for distance education students

Zhuge, Yan and Brodie, Lyn and Mills, Julie (2012) The effectiveness of team project work for distance education students. In: 8th International CDIO Conference (Conceive Design Implement Operate 2012), 1-4 Jul 2012, Brisbane, Australia.

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Project Based Learning (PBL) has been recently introduced to a final year structural design course at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and one assessable requirement associated with the project is teamwork. Unfortunately, when teamwork was first introduced to the course in 2010, most students chose to work individually. The project was re-designed and teamwork was made compulsory when the course was offered in 2011. In order to maximise the benefit of teamwork, a questionnaire was sent to students to identify their perceived strengths and weaknesses related to the design project before it commenced. The distance education team members were then matched up based on the questionnaire. A second questionnaire was sent to students after the project was completed to check if students valued teamwork more compared with the responses from the previous year. This paper will discuss the analysis of student feedback before and after the project, compare the outcomes between distance education (external) and on-campus students and explore potential means of promoting teamwork to distance students.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 2012 Copyright resides with the authors' and/or their employing or funding institutiors. Other than brief abstracts, no part of this publication may be produced in any form without the consent of the authors.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2013 02:10
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 02:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: project-based learning; distance education; teamwork; structural engineering; design; higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
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: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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