Developing a learning community to support student learning in a first year statics course

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Devine, Jo and Kimmins, Lindy. 2010. "Developing a learning community to support student learning in a first year statics course." Gardner, Anne and Jolly, Lesley (ed.) 21st Annual Conference for the Australasian Association of Engineering Education (AAEE 2010). Sydney, Australia 05 - 08 Dec 2010 Sydney, Australia.
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Developing a learning community to support student learning in a first year statics course

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsDevine, Jo (Author) and Kimmins, Lindy (Author)
EditorsGardner, Anne and Jolly, Lesley
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2010)
Number of Pages7
Year2010
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
ISBN9780646546100
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://aaee.com.au/conferences/AAEE2010/PDF/AUTHOR/AE100149.PDF
Conference/Event21st Annual Conference for the Australasian Association of Engineering Education (AAEE 2010)
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21st Annual Conference for the Australasian Association of Engineering Education (AAEE 2010)
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Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE)
Delivery
In person
Event Date
05 to end of 08 Dec 2010
Event Location
Sydney, Australia
Abstract

Engineering statics is a core first year engineering course which has had a high failure rate and a low level of student satisfaction for several years. It caters to a diverse student cohort which includes a large percentage of distance students.
Some of the factors that appear to contribute to the poor course outcomes include students’ immature study habits, first year isolation issues and variable background knowledge. We are seeking to address these issues by building a collaborative learning community through peer mentoring in both a face to face and virtual (online) environment. Peer leaders will be used to facilitate learning sessions with small groups of on campus students. These sessions will then be replicated in the online mode and extended to more general learning sessions within the university’s residential colleges.
This paper discusses the proposed implementation and evaluation strategy for this program in semester 2, 2010 as well as the expected outcomes.

Keywordspeer mentoring; peer assisted learning; engineering mechanics; learning community
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
390113. Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
390402. Education assessment and evaluation
Byline AffiliationsDepartment of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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