Skip to main content
Presentation
Blended spaces, work-based learning and the notion of constructive alignment : impacts on student engagement
26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education - "Same places, different spaces", ASCILITE 2009 (2009)
  • Peter Reaburn, Central Queensland University
  • Nona Muldoon
  • Cheryl Bookallil, Central Queensland University
Abstract
This study examined students’ active engagement in the context of aligned curriculum and instruction. In conjunction with Biggs’ (2003) notion of constructive alignment, the ten principles of engagement suggested by Krause (2005) informed the redesign of an undergraduate course, which was delivered fully online and had a work-based learning component. The results of the present study strongly suggest that the course redesign has lead to significantly increased student engagement and achievement of higher order outcomes. Statistical analyses using Student t-tests revealed highly significant increases (p=0.002) in student engagement as measured by the average total ‘hits per student’ on learning resources, and a highly significant increase (p=0.001) in student engagement within the Discussion Forum on the online learning environment. Findings in the study highlighted a number of implications for educational practice, one of which is the need for a University- or systemic-wide review of the constraints that inhibit responsive course redesign.
Keywords
  • Authentic learning,
  • Blended learning,
  • Constructive alignment,
  • Work-based learning
Publication Date
December 6, 2009
Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Comments
Published version

Reaburn, P., Muldoon, N. & Bookallil, C. (2009). Blended spaces, work based learning and constructive alignment: Impacts on student engagement. In Same places, different spaces. Proceedings ascilite Auckland 2009 (pp. 820-831). Paper presented at 26th Annual ascilite International Conference, Auckland, 6-9 December 2009. http://www.ascilite.org/conferences/auckland09/procs/reaburn.pdf

Access the conference proceedings


Copyright © 2009 Peter Reaburn, Nona Muldoon and Cheryl Bookallil

The authors assign to ascilite and educational non-profit institutions, a non-exclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction, provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The authors also grant a non-exclusive licence to ascilite to publish this document on the ascilite Web site and in other formats for the Proceedings ascilite Auckland 2009. Any other use is prohibited without the express permission of the authors
Citation Information
Peter Reaburn, Nona Muldoon and Cheryl Bookallil. "Blended spaces, work-based learning and the notion of constructive alignment : impacts on student engagement" 26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education - "Same places, different spaces", ASCILITE 2009 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/peter-reaburn/15/