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|Promotion of open and efficient communication in tutorials
|Proceedings of the Education Research Group of Adelaide (ERGA) conference, 24-25 September 2008, pp.1-9
|ERGA Conference (3rd : 2008 : Adelaide, Australia)
|Trent Mattner and Vincent Wheatley
|We tested a variety of techniques that have been suggested as ways to promote active student participation and discussion in tutorial sessions. We implemented these strategies in two different courses: Space Vehicle Design and Differential Equations and Fourier Series. Broadly, we found the strategies were successful in that they consistently increased at least one of: number of student questions, degree of openness, or efficiency; while never causing a decrease in any of these metrics. Student opinion on the strategies was slightly favorable Overall, we favor small group discussion as a strategy for promoting open communication in tutorials because it was found to be the most effective in eliminating private questions, was easy to implement, did not generate any negative survey/SELT comments, and did not give the students the opportunity to ask humorous/offensive questions due to anonymity, thereby placing the teacher in a difficult position.
|© 2008 University of Adelaide
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