Connecting Peer Reviews with Students’ Motivation - Onboarding, Motivation and Blended Learning

Kay Berkling

Abstract

This paper evaluates the onboarding phase for students who are exposed to a blended and open learning environment for the first time, where self-directed learning is key to success. The study was undertaken in a very restricted environment, where the primary motivation of students is the achievement of good grades in the most efficient manner due to extreme time constraints. In past research, we have shown that students have difficulty to move from the traditional setting of frontal lecture and final exam to an open learning environment that focuses more on self-directed learning and peer created content than grades. This work builds on findings that blended learning environment should be adaptive to learner types and gamification features need to be implicit. Adaptivity is not guaranteed through a single platform but instead by involving students in constructing their learning environment. This paper reports on the final set up of the course and the student evaluation thereof. We show that the current environment with student involvement leads to mostly positive attitudes towards most aspects of the course across virtually all students. Forums are perceived as a barrier as are individual contributions to the class content and are not appropriate features for onboarding. In contrast and despite being difficult, effective use of peer reviews can be shown to match student motivation across all learners. Their use is understood as a means to obtaining a good grade and learning.

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Berkling K. (2015). Connecting Peer Reviews with Students’ Motivation - Onboarding, Motivation and Blended Learning . In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-758-108-3, pages 24-33. DOI: 10.5220/0005410200240033


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@conference{csedu15,
author={Kay Berkling},
title={Connecting Peer Reviews with Students’ Motivation - Onboarding, Motivation and Blended Learning},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,},
year={2015},
pages={24-33},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0005410200240033},
isbn={978-989-758-108-3},
}


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TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,
TI - Connecting Peer Reviews with Students’ Motivation - Onboarding, Motivation and Blended Learning
SN - 978-989-758-108-3
AU - Berkling K.
PY - 2015
SP - 24
EP - 33
DO - 10.5220/0005410200240033