Exploring E-learning Practices across the Disciplines in a University Environment

Researchers: Marcia Johnson, Bronwen Cowie, Nicola Westberry, Elaine Khoo, Lucy Campbell, Cathy Coleborne, Willem De Lange, Garry Falloon, Dianne Forbes, Craig Hight, Patricia Strang, Rob Torrens, Anne Zahra, Stephen Harlow and Nigel Robertson.

This TLRI funded project, led by Marcia Johnson, used a case study approach to explore E-learning practices across a number of faculties at The University of Waikato. One of the case studies was the first-year ‘Foundations of Engineering’ paper coordinated by Rob Torrens. During this paper students are introduced to a computer aided design (CAD) program. Student and staff experiences with the teaching of this software were examined through a series of in-lab observations, interviews and focus group discussions. A number of different themes were identified, including operational and resourcing issues; spatial thinking; and digital inclusion/exclusion. As a result of this research the operational and resourcing issues have been attended to and a greater understanding of what motivates different student cohorts, while learning the CAD software, has been gained.

Key outputs:

Johnson, E. M., Cowie, B., & Khoo, E. (2011). Exploring eLearning practices across the disciplines in a university environment. Wellington: Teaching and Learning Research Initiative. - PDF - 197.02 KB

Khoo, E., Johnson, E. M., Torrens, R., Fulton, J. (2011).  It only took 2 clicks and he’d lost me: Dimensions of inclusion and exclusion in ICT supported tertiary engineering education. Proceedings of the 2011 AAEE Conference, Freemantle, Australia, December.

Johnson, E. M., Khoo, E., Cowie, B., De Lange, W., Torrens, R. (2011).  ICT/elearning for developing visual spatial thinking in university science teaching. CSEDU 2011: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands, May.

Torrens, R., De Lange, W., Hight, C. (2011).  Teaching software to first-year students: Experiences across three disciplines.  Presented at Waikato Centre for eLearning (WCELfest), Hamilton, New Zealand, February.