In this paper, a new approach has been used in teaching the second year undergraduate database module. The approach is a combination of contextualisation, problem-based approach, group work and continuous formative assessment. The contextualisation ensures the visibility of teaching/learning activities so that students are aware of the values of activities and how they can fit into a big picture. Problem-based approach gives the students tasks/problems to solve before the relevant lecture takes place, hence can better develop effective reasoning processes, independently learning skills and improve motivation and engagement. Group work is regularly used due to the diversity of student backgrounds and level of prior knowledge of certain topics. By having group work, students can learn from each other and easily clarify confusions among themselves before approaching the lecturer. This gives the lecture more time focusing on common issues. Formative assessment has also been used to support teaching/learning activities and to reinforce their understanding. The work in this paper has been evaluated via an end-of-year online module survey. The results show good effectiveness of the new approach, although there are still spaces for improvement.
|Publication status||Published - 4 Jul 2014|
|Event||Higher Education Academy Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (HEA STEM ) (Computing): Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Databases (TLAD) 2014 - Southampton Solent University|
Duration: 4 Jul 2014 → …
|Conference||Higher Education Academy Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (HEA STEM ) (Computing): Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Databases (TLAD) 2014|
|Period||4/07/14 → …|