Engaging distance students through online tutorials

Devine, Jo and Lokuge, Weena ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1370-1976 (2012) Engaging distance students through online tutorials. In: AaeE 2012: The Profession of Engineering Education: Advancing Teaching, Research and Careers, 3-5 Dec 2012, Melbourne, Australia.

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This paper explores the use of an online tutorial system by distance students in a large first year engineering statics course. Student feedback suggests that this course is often perceived as a hurdle course for students, so the course team is constantly searching for new ways to support distance students and enhance their course experience. Most distance students have time constraints and multiple commitments other than their study, they do not have the face to face interaction with course staff that on-campus students do. Consequently they have fewer opportunities to access content specific assistance as they work through course materials and to receive immediate feedback on their
own performance.
In 2011 we implemented an assessable online tutorial system, known as Mastering Engineering®, as a platform for providing targeted, ongoing tutorial assistance and timely feedback to distance students. This form of learning assessment was implemented for the entire cohort but the needs of the 60% who were studying by distance was the primary motivation.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2013 07:17
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2020 01:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: assessment; distance students; online
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080503 Networking and Communications
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4606 Distributed computing and systems software > 460609 Networking and communications
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390402 Education assessment and evaluation
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23385

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