What student attributes affect experience of PBL in Virtual Space?

Gibbings, Peter, Lidstone, John, & Bruce, Christine (2009) What student attributes affect experience of PBL in Virtual Space? In Mann, Llewellyn & Hadgraft, Roger (Eds.) Research in Engineering Education Symposium , 20th - 23rd July 2009, Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

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Some Engineering Faculties are turning to the problem-based learning (PBL)paradigm to engender necessary skills and competence in their graduates. Since, at the same time, some Faculties are moving towards distance education, questions are being asked about the effectiveness of PBL for technical fields such as Engineering when delivered in virtual space. This paper outlines an investigation of how student attributes affect their learning experience in PBL courses offered in virtual space. A frequency distribution was superimposed on the outcome space of a phenomenographical study on a suitable PBL course to investigate the effect of different student attributes on the learning experience. It was discovered that the quality, quantity, and style of facilitator interaction had the greatest impact on the student learning experience. This highlights the need to establish consistent student interaction plans and to set, and ensure compliance with, minimum standards with respect to facilitation and student interactions.

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ID Code: 26637
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The Proceedings were published on a USB stick and hence lack of pagination - papers were accessed by hot link.
Keywords: problem based learning, Engineering education, Phenomenography, Student attributes, On-line teaching and learning, virtual space, HERN
ISBN: 1921047615
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Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Past > Schools > School of Information Systems
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