Title: A systemic approach to leveraging student engagement in collaborative learning to improve online engineering education
Authors: Robin G. Qiu
Addresses: Division of Engineering and Information Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 30 E. Swedesford Road, Malvern, PA 19426, USA
Abstract: Online higher education is transformative and quite different from residential college education. Lacking effective and consistent pedagogical engagement has been criticised for a high drop-out rate in the online education in general. This study aims to find a solution to facilitate learning engagement in an online engineering education setting. By relying on the known knowledge in the pedagogies of engagement in college education, this paper proposes a systemic framework for promoting positive online students' learning engagement. Different from empirical studies of conducting hypothesis tests, we show a practical and model-driven approach to assessing and enhancing problem-based collaborative teaching/learning practices. The proposed framework is explored through both a pilot test and a confirming test. Rules of thumb are identified and generalised, which could be used to help students/instructors retune their collaborative practices in a proactive manner for retaining positive and effective learning engagement in an online engineering education setting.
Keywords: online engineering education; collaborative learning; pedagogy of engagement; professional education.
International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 2019 Vol.11 No.1, pp.1 - 19
Received: 14 Sep 2017
Accepted: 25 Nov 2017
Published online: 03 Nov 2018 *