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Adaptive tutorials to target threshold concepts in mechanics — a community of practice approach

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Abstract


  • We present our work on introducing Adaptive Tutorials in first and second year

    mechanics courses in Engineering. Adaptive Tutorials are interactive online modules

    where an Intelligent Tutoring System adapts the instruction level to learners, based on

    their individual performance. Through an ALTC-funded project, we formed a community

    of practice of Engineering Mechanics educators from a range of Australian universities.

    As a team, we began by identifying Threshold Concepts that if they are not grasped

    inhibit students’ learning before developing a set of Adaptive on-line Tutorials to target

    them. These Adaptive Tutorials were used by students throughout the first half of 2011,

    and were found to be both engaging and conducive to learning. In this paper, we present

    our approach and findings and discuss our strategy of giving educators pedagogical

    control over such advanced technologically-based instructional methods with the goal of

    increasing adoption and ultimately improving students learning.

Authors


  •   Prusty, Gangadhara B. (external author)
  •   Russell, Carol (external author)
  •   Ford, Robin (external author)
  •   Ben-Naim, Dror (external author)
  •   Ho, Shaowei (external author)
  •   Vrcelj, Zora (external author)
  •   Marcus, Nadine (external author)
  •   McCarthy, Timothy J.
  •   Goldfinch, Thomas L.
  •   Mr Robert Ojeda , Roberto E. (external author)
  •   Gardner, Anne (external author)
  •   Molyneaux, Tom (external author)
  •   Hadgraft, Roger (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Prusty, G. B., Russell, C., Ford, R., Ben-Naim, D., Ho, S., Vrcelj, Z., Marcus, N., McCarthy, T., Goldfinch, T., Ojeda, R., Gardner, A., Molyneaux, T. & Hadgraft, R. (2011). Adaptive tutorials to target threshold concepts in mechanics — a community of practice approach. In Y. M. Al-Abdeli & E. Lindsay (Eds.), 22nd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (pp. 305-311). Barton ACT Australia: Engineers Australia.

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Start Page


  • 305

End Page


  • 311

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.aaee.com.au/conferences/2011/pages/program.html

Abstract


  • We present our work on introducing Adaptive Tutorials in first and second year

    mechanics courses in Engineering. Adaptive Tutorials are interactive online modules

    where an Intelligent Tutoring System adapts the instruction level to learners, based on

    their individual performance. Through an ALTC-funded project, we formed a community

    of practice of Engineering Mechanics educators from a range of Australian universities.

    As a team, we began by identifying Threshold Concepts that if they are not grasped

    inhibit students’ learning before developing a set of Adaptive on-line Tutorials to target

    them. These Adaptive Tutorials were used by students throughout the first half of 2011,

    and were found to be both engaging and conducive to learning. In this paper, we present

    our approach and findings and discuss our strategy of giving educators pedagogical

    control over such advanced technologically-based instructional methods with the goal of

    increasing adoption and ultimately improving students learning.

Authors


  •   Prusty, Gangadhara B. (external author)
  •   Russell, Carol (external author)
  •   Ford, Robin (external author)
  •   Ben-Naim, Dror (external author)
  •   Ho, Shaowei (external author)
  •   Vrcelj, Zora (external author)
  •   Marcus, Nadine (external author)
  •   McCarthy, Timothy J.
  •   Goldfinch, Thomas L.
  •   Mr Robert Ojeda , Roberto E. (external author)
  •   Gardner, Anne (external author)
  •   Molyneaux, Tom (external author)
  •   Hadgraft, Roger (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Prusty, G. B., Russell, C., Ford, R., Ben-Naim, D., Ho, S., Vrcelj, Z., Marcus, N., McCarthy, T., Goldfinch, T., Ojeda, R., Gardner, A., Molyneaux, T. & Hadgraft, R. (2011). Adaptive tutorials to target threshold concepts in mechanics — a community of practice approach. In Y. M. Al-Abdeli & E. Lindsay (Eds.), 22nd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (pp. 305-311). Barton ACT Australia: Engineers Australia.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2408&context=engpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/engpapers/1364

Start Page


  • 305

End Page


  • 311

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.aaee.com.au/conferences/2011/pages/program.html