Higher Education

, 55:285

Engaging first year students using a Web-supported inquiry-based learning setting

Authors

    • Faculty of Communications and Creative IndustriesEdith Cowan University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10734-007-9055-7

Cite this article as:
Oliver, R. High Educ (2008) 55: 285. doi:10.1007/s10734-007-9055-7

Abstract

This paper describes a study that explored the utility and efficacy of the application of a Web-based tool to promote learner engagement among first year students in a large class in an undergraduate communications degree. The Web-based tool was developed to support an inquiry-based learning approach that was characterised by strong learning scaffolds, meaningful contexts, feedback and support and administrative efficiencies. The study explored the forms of engagement that the Web-supported inquiry-based learning approach was able to engender among first year undergraduate students and the factors that were found to influence students’ levels of engagement and achievement in the approach.

Keywords

e-LearningInquiry-based learningFirst year studentsHigher educationWeb-based learning

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