Handing back responsibility: moving away from traditional tutorial structure

Richards, Fiona E. (2001) Handing back responsibility: moving away from traditional tutorial structure. In: Canyon, D.V., McGinty, S., and Dixon, D., (eds.) Tertiary Teaching IV: flexible teaching and learning across the disciplines. Craftsmen Products Pty Ltd - Online Publications, Sydney, Australia, pp. 21-29.

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A flexible approach was adopted in the delivery of a first year School of Business subject at James Cook University. The subject, Quantitative Studies BU1010, is a core component of the B. Business and B.Admin (Tourism) degree structure at James Cook University. This paper examines the design and evaluation of the teaching method adopted in an effort to provide students with a greater responsibility for their own learning experience. A move away from the traditional structure of 26 hours of lectures and 13 hours of practicals and workshops was desirable due to an increase in enrolments from 30 to 173 in 1999. The subject had been taught in a previous form to B.Admin (Tourism) students. The nature of the subject lent itself to flexible delivery with a large computer based component, which was previously covered by tutorials and practicals. It was felt that the subject could be restructured and delivered more effectively, particularly focusing on this practical element. Twenty-six hours of lectures were delivered to students, with a demonstration of the week’s practical program at the end of each lecture. Students were provided with a step-by-step hard copy of this program, which they were to complete in the own time, either at home or in one of the University computer labs that are open 24 hours and have suitable hardware and software required to complete the tasks. In addition to lectures, 3 two-hour help sessions were run to aid those students who were having difficulties completing the week’s requirements. A website for the subject was created to allow students to access on-line copies of each week’s practical exercises as well as lecture notes and other subject information. Mock exams and on-course assessment were run to allow students to assess their progress. At the end of the course a student survey was conducted to gauge student response to the delivery approach.

Item ID: 14345
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 0-9579788-0-4
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 03:53
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