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Can Work-related Learning Activities Improve Student Engagement in Higher Education?

Albinson, P., 2019. Can Work-related Learning Activities Improve Student Engagement in Higher Education? In: 24th International Conference on Software Process Improvement Research, Education and Training - INSPIRE 2019, 16 April 2019, Solent University, Southampton, UK.

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Abstract

Research has found higher education students are typically passive and disengaged. This paper updates and expands upon the author’s previous study of engagement issues in universities and the value of work-related learning for improving engagement and enhancing student learning. This previous work involved a case study designed to improve engagement in lab sessions with realistic/real-world work-based examples. While results indicated that activities like this can increase engagement and enhance student learning the study only involved a small sample and there were some areas for improvement. Consequently, the study has been repeated with an expanded case study which takes a holistic approach where students take on the role of an ethical hacker to identify security weaknesses and then fix those security issues. Findings corroborate the previous study’s findings and add further weight to the argument that work-related learning activities can increase engagement and enhance the student experience and student learning.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Student Engagement; Student Disengagement; Work-related Learning; Passive Learning; Active Learning;
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:32172
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:25 Apr 2019 14:02
Last Modified:26 Jun 2019 10:39

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