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An attempt to promote distance-learner engagement with formative coursework. Diarmuid Verrier Psychology, Sociology, & Politics Sheffield Hallam University Learning & Teaching Conference July 2012. Aims.

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An attempt to promote distance learner engagement with formative coursework

An attempt to promote distance-learner engagement with formative coursework

Diarmuid Verrier

Psychology, Sociology, & Politics

Sheffield Hallam University

Learning & Teaching Conference

July 2012


An attempt to promote distance learner engagement with formative coursework

Aims

Engagement: the time and effort students invest in educational activities that are empirically linked to desired college outcomes (Kuh, 2009).


Methods

Methods

  • M.Sc. in Health Psychology (distance)

  • Psychobiological Determinants of Health

  • Number of Students: 15

  • 7 Study Guides (4-7 tasks on each)

Reduce discussion board Blackboard tasks

Replace with Twitter tasks that result in similar learning outcomes


Outcomes

Outcomes

  • Questionnaire Data

    • didn't think use of Twitter made them more likely to complete a task

    • ambivalent about whether its use should be continued/extended

    • Twitter: + easy, + convenient; Bb: ++ effective

  • Task Completion Data

    • Twitter decline matched Bb decline

    • decline matched previous year

No Improvement!


Problems

Problems

Cognitive Load


Take home message

Take Home Message

  • It's been successful for others

    • Junco, Heibergert, & Loken, 2011

  • ‚Ķbut be mindful of:

    • your group characteristics

    • what you want it to do


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