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PebblePad Workbooks in STEM – stories from two ends of the student journey

Thursday 30th April 2020, 12:00 AEST

Thursday 30th April 2020Thursday 30th April 2020

Presenters: Christopher Love, Senior Lecturer and Alison White, Senior Lecturer and Program Director, Griffith University

About the Webinar: 

Chris's Presentation: Embedding study plans and learning strategies for enhancing student success in first year

Student success and retention is of the utmost importance in higher education, particularly for large first year courses (>300 students) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines which involve understanding complex concepts and navigating a high level of content. With an increasingly diverse range of students and a high percentage of ‘first in family’, we can no longer assume that students have the appropriate skills to successfully transition through higher education. Therefore, developing students’ metacognitive skills (through developing study plans) should be a key strategy for their transition through university. First-year biochemistry students created study plans in PebblePad workbooks using effective learning strategies, performance evaluation and reflection to encourage self-regulated learning and improve success. This webinar will highlight the need for embedding effective learning strategies to enhance student success, the creativity displayed by students, and the importance of student self-reflection to identifying their own strengths and weaknesses.

Alison's Presentation: Creating Digital Reflective Narratives on clinical placement

Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Physiology (a 2 semester professional postgraduate program for biomedical science graduates) undertake twelve weeks of full time work integrated learning in the clinical environment as part of their degree requirements.  PebblePad was used by these students to create a digital narrative of their affective learning and behavioural responses whilst undertaking their clinical placement.  The PebblePad workbooks involved the use of structured writing by students which is guided by prompts to trigger reflective writing and regular feedback from the teaching team.  This webinar will focus on discussing how students were encouraged to create a digital narrative of their experience incorporating creative elements such as drawings to express their feelings of their responses to their experiences, and how this promoted students to gain a deeper level of self-awareness which subsequently builds resilience. 

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