Title: Distance Education and On-campus Students Perceptions of Collaborative Learning in Engineering

Year of Publication: March - 2014
Page Numbers: 55-60
Authors: Sivachandran Chandrasekaran, Guy Littlefair, Matthew Joordens, Alex Stojcevski
Conference Name: The Third International Conference on E-Learning and E-Technologies in Education (ICEEE2014)
- Malaysia


The aim of this paper is to analyse and present distance education as well as on-campus students’ perceptions of collaborative learning in Project-oriented design based learning (PODBL). PODBL is a learning and teaching approach, where students learn through design activities while being driven by project(s). PODBL enhances on/off campus students’ ability to acquire career essential skills that fulfill future industry needs. A paper-based survey is used to recognise a cohort of students' experience of collaborative learning in PODBL. The paper-based survey was given to 30 students from an engineering discipline. The quantitative analysis of the survey results shows that more than 50% of the students view collaborative learning to have a large benefit in design-based learning.