The impact of social learning spaces on student engagement

Matthews, K.E., Adams, P. and Gannaway, D. (2009). The impact of social learning spaces on student engagement. In: Karen Nelson, Proceedings of the 12th Annual Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference. Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference, Townsville, Qld., Australia, (1-10). 29 June - 1 July 2009.


Author Matthews, K.E.
Adams, P.
Gannaway, D.
Title of paper The impact of social learning spaces on student engagement
Conference name Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference
Conference location Townsville, Qld., Australia
Conference dates 29 June - 1 July 2009
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 12th Annual Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference
Place of Publication QUT, Brisbbane
Publisher Queensland University of Technology
Publication Year 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Editor Karen Nelson
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 11
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In 2006, the University of Queensland began an in-depth review of the Bachelor of Science, which prompted wide-ranging changes to the degree program. Given the profound importance of the first year experience, a new approach to the first year was created and implemented from 2008, and included both curricular and co-curricular activities. In addition, informal learning spaces for science students were designed to provide students with a common area in which to gather, relax, socialise and work together outside classes. In late 2008, a survey to gauge levels of student engagement and use of informal learning spaces was administered to all science students. The results suggest that students who used these spaces demonstrated higher levels of engagement compared to those students who did not use these spaces.
Subjects E1
139999 Education not elsewhere classified
130103 Higher Education
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

 
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