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This entry comes from a study led by Dr Sylvia Urban, a senior lecturer at Melbourne’s RMIT University School of Science. Her research explored the benefits of creating collaborative, interactive lectures using cloud-based technology (including Microsoft OneDrive and OneNote) and pen-enabled devices (such as Surface Pro) in undergraduate / postgraduate university chemistry courses, composed of approximately 380 students.
The innovative research study clearly demonstrated that the student experience was improved with the introduction of the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) design, which focuses on three areas:
- The use of technology to enhance the way students learn;
- The use of technology to support development of teachers or lecturers and improve learning design processes;
- The innovative use of technology in diverse teaching environments.
The results of the study were measured in a number of ways, including Course Experience Surveys (CES), pass rates and via direct feedback from students. The Good Teaching Scale (GTS) showed a 5−23% increase from 2015 to 2016.
In addition to this, the overall pass rate for the Organic Chemistry Unit in CHEM1039, using this TEL in 2016, rose by 11 percent between the years 2015 to 2016, demonstrating greater student comprehension and improvement in performance.