Contemporary database topics: learning by teaching

Leslie D. Ball, Petra Leimich

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Abstract

Passive learning is generally believed to be ineffectual in that it leads to a generally impoverished student experience manifested by poor attendance, engagement and motivation alike. A shift towards a more pro-active learning experience was therefore the main motivator for the proposed method outlined in this paper. The method adopted was applied to a single module for a cohort of postgraduate, mainly international students. In our method, each student is charged with delivering a specialist database topic as part of an allocated group. They self-organise their group into two sub-groups for lecture and tutorial delivery respectively. Staff support the process by delivering the teaching in the first half of the module. The second, student-led phase is staff-supported using preparatory meetings to discuss content and presentation issues prior to delivery. Feedback overall indicates that the method is effective, particularly in confidence building. We believe that the latter more than compensates for the one or two concerns raised about the quality of information being received. We conclude by discussing a number of changes based on two years’ experience and student feedback.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Databases (TLAD 08)
Place of PublicationNewtownabbey
PublisherHigher Education Academy
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event6th International Workshop on Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Databases - Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Jul 200810 Jul 2008
Conference number: 6

Workshop

Workshop6th International Workshop on Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Databases
Abbreviated titleTLAD 2008
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCardiff
Period10/07/0810/07/08

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Ball, L. D., & Leimich, P. (2008). Contemporary database topics: learning by teaching. In Proceedings of Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Databases (TLAD 08) Higher Education Academy.