Investigating the effectiveness of an ecological approach to learning design in a first year mathematics for engineering unit

Czaplinski, Iwona & Mallet, Dann G. (2015) Investigating the effectiveness of an ecological approach to learning design in a first year mathematics for engineering unit. In ascilite 2015. Globally Connected, Digitally Enabled, 29 November - 2 December 2015, Curtin University, Perth, W.A.


This paper reports on the results of a project aimed at creating a research-informed, pedagogically reliable, technology-enhanced learning and teaching environment that would foster engagement with learning. A first-year mathematics for engineering unit offered at a large, metropolitan Australian university provides the context for this research. As part of the project, the unit was redesigned using a framework that employed flexible, modular, connected e-learning and teaching experiences. The researchers, interested in an ecological perspective on educational processes, grounded the redesign principles in probabilistic learning design (Kirschner et al., 2004). The effectiveness of the redesigned environment was assessed through the lens of the notion of affordance (Gibson, 1977,1979, Greeno, 1994, Good, 2007). A qualitative analysis of the questionnaire distributed to students at the end of the teaching period provided insight into factors impacting on the successful creation of an environment that encourages complex, multidimensional and multilayered interactions conducive to learning.

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ID Code: 87550
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: ecology of learning, blended learning, affordances, probabilistic learning design, HERN
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 [Please consult the author]
Deposited On: 21 Sep 2015 01:05
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2015 01:58

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