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Reflections on an intervention to motivate student learning through in-semester online assessment

Laws, EM 2006, 'Reflections on an intervention to motivate student learning through in-semester online assessment' , Innovative Learning in Action, 5 , pp. 29-32.

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    Abstract

    In my experience engineering degree programmes are relatively demanding in terms of class contact hours which are typically up to a factor of two greater than many equivalent arts based courses. The predominant teaching strategy involves lectures and tutorials which usually take on the form of problem solving sessions and laboratory work. This commitment of time taken together with the necessary study required to complete assignments and coursework means that a consistently, steady work pattern is generally a prerequisite of success. In my role as a lecturer in engineering I have found that increasingly academic ability needs to be supplemented by motivation, effort and a structured work ethic. Furthermore, anecdotal evidence suggests that many students cannot manage their learning without significant levels of support, guidance and direction, particularly at levels 0 and 1. This may in part be attributed to the teaching methods that students have been exposed to earlier in their education which appear to be increasingly prescriptive. However, difficulties are often exacerbated by financial pressures which require an increasing proportion of the student body to undertake part-time work with unsocial working hours often disrupting attendance at classes. A vicious circle can ensue whereby inability to manage learning serves to de-motivate and lack of motivation in turn further reduces the ability to manage study, possibly leading ultimately to failure and/or withdrawal.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: ILIA is the University of Salford's in-house journal. ILIA issue 5: Learning technologies in the curriculum.
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
    Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
    Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science > QA076 Computer software
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
    Journal or Publication Title: Innovative Learning in Action
    Publisher: Education Development Unit, University Of Salford
    Refereed: Yes
    Depositing User: H Kenna
    Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2009 09:14
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:52
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1206

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