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1 STUDENT ENGAGEMENT Watch this space… Kelly Matthews Peter Adams Deanne Gannaway The impact of social learning spaces on student engagement Blended Learning Conference, UQ, Australia June

2 Blended learning commonly describes learning that combines traditional teaching and learning approaches with information and communication technologies. WHAT IS BLENDED LEARNING? Graham, 2006, listed on the UQ Blended Conference website, The impact of social learning spaces on student engagement WHAT IS THE AIM OF BLENDED LEARNING? To make learning independent, useful, sustainable and ever growing. Garrison, D. R.; H. Kanuka (2004). "Blended learning: Uncovering its transformative potential in higher education". The Internet and Higher Education 7 (2):

3 The impact of social learning spaces on student engagement Why? To enhance the student experience

4 Social Learning Spaces SCIENCE LEARNING CENTRE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES LIBRARY CHEMISTRY PODIUM The impact of social learning spaces on student engagement

5 This project? 1. Users? 2. Non-users? 3. Differences?

6 The impact of social learning spaces on student engagement What we know? First year experience Social learning spaces Student engagement Academic ability Social integration Student effort University culture

7 The impact of social learning spaces on student engagement What did we do? Framework: Student Engagement Phase 1: survey Phase 2: observations and interviews

8 The impact of social learning spaces on student engagement The survey? 16 engagement questions Reasons for use and non-use 3058 undergrad science students 30% response rate

9 77% of students23% of students EMPLOYMENT STATUS GENDER AGE YEAR LEVEL LIVING ARRANGEMENTS The impact of social learning spaces on student engagement Users?Non-users? 64% Females57% Females 96% below 25 years 40% first years49% first years 8% on campus16% on campus 26% not working34% not working

10 The impact of social learning spaces on student engagement Why users use?

11 The impact of social learning spaces on student engagement Why users use?

12 The impact of social learning spaces on student engagement Why non-users don’t use?

13 The impact of social learning spaces on student engagement Engagement? YES

14 The impact of social learning spaces on student engagement Active learning Student-staff interaction Supportive learning environment Departure intentions General learning outcomes Overall satisfaction AUSSE Australasian Survey of Student Engagement Social support Academic support

15 The impact of social learning spaces on student engagement Social learning spaces Student engagement Social learning spaces are positively correlated with increased engagement

16 The impact of social learning spaces on student engagement STUDENT ENGAGEMENT Watch this space…

17 The impact of social learning spaces on student engagement

18 THANKS David Klug (stats guru) Alan Cody, Gimme Walter, Lawrie Gahan, Phil Long (project team) DVC_A (funding for project) UQ science students (participants) QUESTIONS, COMMENT, SUGGESTIONS Kelly at


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