Finding order in chaos : a problem based collaborative assignment for 1300 students across 19 disciplines

Smit, Debra K. & Murray, Martin H. (2009) Finding order in chaos : a problem based collaborative assignment for 1300 students across 19 disciplines. In AUBEA Conference 2009 : Managing change – challenges in education and construction for the 21st century, 7-10 July 2009, Barossa Valley, South Australia.

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The use of collaborative assignments for assessment is a risky undertaking for students and course designers. Yet the benefits, in terms of core learning outcomes, competencies, collaborative sense making and student involvement, suggest that the effort is worthwhile. Formal descriptions and rules do little to ameliorate the perception of risk and increased anxiety by students. (Ryan, 2007).

BEB100 Introducing Professional Learning is a faculty-wide foundation unit with over 1300 students from 19 disciplines across the Faculty of the Built Environment and Engineering (“BEE”) at the Queensland University of Technology (“QUT”), Brisbane, Australia.

Finding order in chaos outlines the approach and justification, assessment criteria, learning resources, teamwork tools, tutorial management, communication strategies, 2007-09 Student Learning Experience Survey results, annual improvements, findings and outcomes.

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ID Code: 26097
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: first year students, problem based learning, assessment, large classes, BEB100, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 the authors
Deposited On: 06 Jul 2009 00:10
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 10:35

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