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Exploring Student Perceptions of the Influence of Action Learning Sets, for Large Lecture Groups, on Engagement with Learning

Williams, Karen (2019) Exploring Student Perceptions of the Influence of Action Learning Sets, for Large Lecture Groups, on Engagement with Learning. In: EDULEARN19 Proceedings. IATED Academy, Valencia, Spain, pp. 59-56. ISBN 978-84-09-12031-4

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During early module health checks, student’s indicated they were less engaged in learning when in a large lecture format leading to a negative influence on their module experience and achievement. Consequently, taking an Action Research approach, interventions were made to alter the mode of delivery from a large lecture to Action Learning Sets (ALS) with pre-lecture online content provided.

The notion of ALS as a tool of delivery aimed to facilitate student involvement and active learning. This offered a collaborative platform providing students with the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and learn from others (Head and McGill 2002). This Action Research study explored student perceptions of the influence of ALS on their engagement with learning, via a questionnaire and focus group interviews.

Preliminary findings suggest that students welcomed the idea of ALS and they ultimately felt more engaged with the module in a variety of ways. These included; positive engagement with lecture content, improved engagement in assessment and positive relationships with both lecturers and peers. Additionally, students highlighted limitations to the ALS approach to include; decreased contact time and frustration when commuting. Findings indicate several considerations for the use of ALS as an alternative to large group lectures and these will be discussed further during this presentation.

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Paper presented at the 11th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, 1st - 3rd July 2019, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: action-learning-sets, pre-lecture, achievement, engagement, delivery
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Karen Williams
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2019 17:43
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:32

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