A systemic approach to leveraging student engagement in collaborative learning to improve online engineering education

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Abstract

Online higher education is transformative and quite different from residential college education. Lacking effective and consistent pedagogical engagement has been criticised for a high drop-out rate in the online education in general. This study aims to find a solution to facilitate learning engagement in an online engineering education setting. By relying on the known knowledge in the pedagogies of engagement in college education, this paper proposes a systemic framework for promoting positive online students' learning engagement. Different from empirical studies of conducting hypothesis tests, we show a practical and model-driven approach to assessing and enhancing problem-based collaborative teaching/learning practices. The proposed framework is explored through both a pilot test and a confirming test. Rules of thumb are identified and generalised, which could be used to help students/instructors retune their collaborative practices in a proactive manner for retaining positive and effective learning engagement in an online engineering education setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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