This project will explore the use of online problem-based learning as a strategy to enhance learner-learner engagement in distance education
Significant & Benefit
This project will evaluate the impact of using key elements of a problem based learning (PBL) approach, in a scaffolded and supportive online environment, across four core subjects offered in a suite of nine SAWS courses. It is envisaged that an online PBL method of delivery, scaffolded online interactions with peers, and assessment tasks that align with a PBL approach will reduce attrition, enhance student engagement, and provide a framework for consideration by other courses.
Over 370 DE students are expected to participate in this initiative, over 4 core subjects across 9 courses within SAWS. This project will make a positive contribution to the student learning experience through the supportive scaffolds designed to facilitate learner-learner engagement and enhance learner-content engagement, ultimately improving retention rates and leading to greater student satisfaction with the learning experience at CSU.
In addition to the project team, staff from across schools and Faculties are expected to be impacted through the formation of an online PBL reference group which is cross campus and interdisciplinary. Staff will be positively impacted by the staff development opportunities provided in facilitating both face to face and online PBL tutorials, the design of PBL case material, and the development of strategies to align authentic assessment tasks with case material in a PBL curricula. Longer term, all staff will have access to a repository of information regarding Online PBL at CSU alongside the development of best practice guidelines for this method of curriculum delivery.
Dr Sarah Hyde
Dr Yann Guisard
Dr Peter Mills
Dr Karl Behrendt
Dr Kathryn Egerton-Warburton
Dr John Harper
Dr Cesidio Parissi
This project is a distance education initiative designed to enhance the engagement and retention of students across a suite of SAWS courses through the implementation of online PBL and the associated changes in assessment strategies that this pedagogical shift entails.
- Reduce attrition by at least 5% and increase student engagement as evidenced by retention statistics, SES, SEQ, and CEQ evaluations
- Facilitate learner-learner engagement (as per the CSU Draft DE strategy, 2014
- Provide a cost efficient framework for the delivery of online collaborative learning using a PBL approach which can be adopted by others (e.g. Clinical Science in the School of Biomedical Science)
- A staff development and student induction regime for the facilitation of online PBL