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ERIC Number: EJ1063846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: EISSN-1449-9789
Using Industry Professionals in Undergraduate Teaching: Effects on Student Learning
Gentelli, Liesel
Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, v12 n4 Article 4 2015
Tutorials are a common complementary method of achieving student engagement with material covered in lectures, as students achieve deeper understanding by being involved in small group discussions. However, in an attempt to provide students with a taste of everything the industry has to offer, the Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Western Australia has until 2014 conducted its undergraduate unit, "Mysteries of Forensic Science", as a series of seminars by current industry professionals. This approach was implemented initially as a good opportunity to expose undergraduate students to many fields of forensic science from practising industry professionals. In 2014 it was decided to introduce tutorials to the unit, to provide students with an opportunity to discuss and clarify material covered in lectures, as well as to allow for continuous feedback both from the teacher and peers. However, the desire to retain the diversity of industry professionals as speakers meant that only five tutorials could be introduced over the semester, with the entire cohort of students in attendance at each. It seemed that the lecture/tutorial format and the seminar series were incompatible. The purpose of this study was to evaluate an undergraduate unit taught almost entirely by industry professionals and the effect this had on student learning. Further, recommendations for the further restructuring of the unit for 2015 have been made based on student feedback, and are applicable to any undergraduate course having close ties to industry, and considering utilising these ties to expose undergraduate students to industry professionals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia