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Facilitating active learning in the classroom

Ní Shé, Caitríona and Looney, Lisa (2007) Facilitating active learning in the classroom. In: International Symposium for Engineering Education, ISEE-07, 17-19 September 2007, Dublin City University.

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Abstract

In the context of a relatively traditional second year module in for mechanical engineering students, Strength of Materials, changes were made to module delivery to facilitate more active learning. The motivation was a perceived need to improve the level of understanding achieved by the students. Justification for the changes was an assessment of student learning style preferences, which indicate a strong preference for active learning. Results show that changes in how lecture and tutorial activities were managed increased the level of student engagement during classroom sessions. In addition, 'small step' approaches to problem solving proved popular among students. The study also indicates that both students and lecturers need time to become practiced in the new approach, and that benefits of changes to traditional 'talk and chalk' lecturing may take time to become apparent.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Refereed:Yes
Subjects:Social Sciences > Teaching
Social Sciences > Education
Engineering > Engineering education
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Publisher:Dublin City University
Official URL:http://www.ndlr.ie/mecheng/symp/papers/toc.php
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:461
Deposited On:22 May 2008 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 16 Feb 2009 14:03

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