Peer assisted learning in an online postgraduate course on engineered fibre composites

Manalo, Allan and Aravinthan, Thiru (2012) Peer assisted learning in an online postgraduate course on engineered fibre composites. In: AaeE 2012: The Profession of Engineering Education: Advancing Teaching, Research and Careers, 3-5 Dec 2012, Melbourne, Australia.

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While the attractiveness of courses delivered via distance learning increases to the working and remote students because of the flexibility they provide, it is more difficult for an examiner to keep these students engaged in active learning than those in a classroom. Discussion forums were identified as one way of replicating the energy of face-to-face engagement in an online environment (Meyer, 2003). In the same way, peer assisted learning encourages active learning where students can explore answers through discussion (Cheng and Walters, 2009). Recently, the Australia's first online course on engineered fibre composites has focused on using both the online technical discussions and peer assisted learning as a tool to exchange knowledge and experience among practicing engineers and senior undergraduate engineering students to enhance their knowledge on fibre composite materials. This online discussion is introduced and included in the assessment criteria.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2013 23:32
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2017 02:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: assessment; distance students; fibre composites; mentoring; peer assisted learning; online discussions; postgraduate course
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091299 Materials Engineering not elsewhere classified
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
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology

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