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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

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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
  • …but be mindful of:
    • your group characteristics
    • what you want it to do
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