Effects of introducing an interactive teaching and learning activity (TLA) in the engineering classroom

Mejias, Luis (2012) Effects of introducing an interactive teaching and learning activity (TLA) in the engineering classroom. In Proceedings of the 7th ICCSE 2012, IEEE, Sebel Albert Park, Melbourne, Vic.


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This research study examines qualitatively and quantitatively the influence of introducing an activity in the traditional engineering classroom. It studies instances of active learning and its relationship with the student learning outcomes. The primary purpose of this study was to compare the learning outcomes of students who were involved in an active TLA with those students who were not, instead they learned under traditional teaching and studying approaches. I present the argument that the introduction of a TLA in class stimulates student engagement bringing enormous benefits to student learning. The outcomes of this study were measured using qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate the levels of student engagement, achievement and satisfaction in the terms of Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs). Results indicate that students held positive attitude towards the activities in class and also, that a positive link between TLA, learning approach and learning outcome exist. It also provides insights about the potential benefits of active learning when compared with traditional, passive and teacher-centred methods of teaching & learning.

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ID Code: 61060
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Engineering Education, HERN, Engineering Problem Solving, Higher Education
DOI: 10.1109/ICCSE.2012.6295353
ISBN: 9781424435210
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation
Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 IEEE
Deposited On: 03 Jul 2013 01:26
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2015 17:16

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