Get them involved - a Case Study of Teaching Content and Assessment Design for a Property Course

The University of New South Wales
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Conference Proceeding
Australasian Universities Building Educators Association (AUBEA), 37th Annual International Conference: Proceedings, 2012, pp. 67 - 77
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Students can get bored with just learning theory and the 'chalk and talk' delivery method in a classroom. Nowadays it is increasingly a challenge to attract students' learning interest in higher education. This paper explores the development of relevant content and assessment methods for teaching in order to deepen students' engagement in their learning. The paper firstly identifies the learning styles and characteristics of the younger generations through a literature review. A Relevance Teaching Model is then developed. A property course is then used as a case study to discuss the application of the teaching model. The results of a Student Feedback Survey (SFS) are used for evaluating the effectiveness of the teaching model. Finally the research concludes that students learning activities are affected by different teaching methods and the findings suggest that students learn better when the topics are relevant and of interest to them. This implies that students are no longer satisfied to be passive recipients of learning and that they want to be engaged and control their own learning. Improvements in the traditional methods of teaching to incorporate relevant knowledge and provide interactive learning environment to students is recommended.
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