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Students learning engineering skills together in cross-year-group integrated tutorials

Gibson, AP; McGowan, S; (2017) Students learning engineering skills together in cross-year-group integrated tutorials. In: Quadrado, JC and Bernardino, J and Rocha, J, (eds.) Proceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017. (pp. pp. 431-437). SEFI [and[ Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP) Green open access

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Abstract

Through tutorials, students can develop their engineering and professional skills outside taught modules. We introduced a new integrated tutorial system in which students were taught in mixed year groups. Questionnaires and focus groups were used to investigate whether students preferred integrated tutorials or tutorials in their year groups. There was a clear preference for integrated tutorials, with students feeling that they provided improved pastoral and academic support and were more stimulating. They particularly appreciated the opportunity to mix with students from other years in a learning community. A minority of students felt that mixing the year groups meant that less material was relevant to individual students than in singleyear group tutorials. Overall, integrated tutorials were felt to offer a more supportive learning experience than traditional year-group tutorials.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Students learning engineering skills together in cross-year-group integrated tutorials
Event: 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017, 18-21 September 2017, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal
ISBN-13: 9789899887572
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.sefi.be/conference/2017-azores/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Tutorials; learning communities; peer learning; engineering skills
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Med Phys and Biomedical Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10054453
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