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- I can see what you are doing: using collaboration software to increase student engagement during computer-screen-based tutorials
- Banky, George P.
- Active collaborative learning and membership in learning communities have been identified by researchers to engage learners. In this pilot study a commercially available software utility was used to establish such an environment in a computer laboratory. Others have found the learner-centred education can be facilitated by integrating the tablet PCs for the students. Research by the author showed that experiential learning of basic electronics, using circuit simulation software, facilitates student engagement resulting in deep learning. This research addressed the following issues: will collaborative learning result in more student engagement and what type of software will support such activity. The tutorials for first-year electronic systems students were timetabled into a computer laboratory that had a network of tablet PCs with circuit simulation software, which in 2012 were installed with a collaboration software as well. The students were asked to show, on the screens, their solutions to problems and verify their results with appropriate circuit simulations. The collected data included anonymous survey responses, mean marks for assessable components and tutorial attendance figures for 2011 (pre-intervention) and 2012 (post-intervention). The student use of the simulation software increased. Mean assignment and tutorial participation marks improved. Other assessable subject components appeared to have worsened. Finally, 12% of the respondents to an anonymous post-event survey were negative about the intervention. Student engagement, as reflected in tutorial attendance and assignment marks, were better in 2012. Exam result comparison with 2011 cohort contradicted the findings by others who completed student collaboration studies using networked tablet PCs. Free-form responses in the anonymous student survey were favourable. All these issues need further investigation.
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- Conference paper
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- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences
- Proceedings of 'The profession of engineering education: advancing teaching, research and careers', the 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2012), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 03-05 December 2012 / Llewellyn Mann and Scott Daniel (eds.)
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- Collaboration software; Computer screen-based student learning; Computer screen-based tutorials; Engineering education; Student engagement; Tablet PC
- Australasian Association for Engineering Education
- 9780987177230, 0987177230
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- Copyright © 2012 George P. Banky. The author assigns to AAEE and educational non-profit institutions a non-exclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The published version is reproduced in accordance with this policy.
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