Assessable online discussion groups as a student learning tool

Devine, Jo (2009) Assessable online discussion groups as a student learning tool. In: AaeE 2009: Engineering the Curriculum, 6-9 Dec 2009, Adelaide, Australia.

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Online discussion groups were introduced in a second level construction engineering course to engage students with the high volume of course reading material. The aim was to improve students’ retention and understanding of the material through ongoing discussion and exploration of the material in a peer environment.

During the semester the groups were given several construction scenarios to discuss, these were structured so that students needed to critically evaluate and apply the relevant course material, identifying and making appropriate assumptions as they went, in order to answer a series of open ended questions. The outcome of each group discussion was submitted via an assessable report. Individual marks were allocated based on a combination of report content and individual contribution.

This paper will discuss the benefits and difficulties encountered with assessable online discussion groups, the steps taken to address problems and the measures that were used to evaluate their success.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright. Copyright © J. Devine, 2009.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2010 01:05
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: online discusion groups, construction engineering education, assessment, discussion forum,
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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