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Find out how tutorial-based learning can improve student performance, with Mikko-Jussi Laakso, leader of the team behind ViLLE, a collaborative education tool developed at the University of Turku.
With tutorial-based learning, active learning methods are emphasised by changing half a course’s lectures into tutorial sessions that use automatically assessed tutorials in ViLLE – a collaborative education tool developed in University of Turku. These tutorials consist of interactive learning materials (such as text, images and videos) combined with automatically assessed exercises, and are done in collaboration with other students in a lecture hall or computer lab. In this presentation, tutorial-based learning is demonstrated with various examples from different courses, including introductory and object-oriented programming, databases and introductory courses to computer science and algorithms. Studies conducted show that this methodology, when properly applied, improves student performance and the course pass rates statistically significantly.
Moreover, to further improve student performance, we undertook a three-year study to improve the methodology for student counselling in the IT department, which involved several new methods in the redesign. Enhanced technology support was developed to aid the counsels and help students’ self-reflection throughout the first year of IT studies, including for example the usage of RFID technology to record attendances and homework. Besides the methodology redesign, the results of the redesign in relation to various statistics collected during the freshman year are presented and discussed.
Adjunct professor Mikko-Jussi Laakso
Adjunct Professor Mikko-Jussi Laakso holds a university research fellow position at University of Turku, Finland. His main research interests are automated assessment, immediate feedback, learning analytics, gamification, and the effect of collaboration in computer science education He heads a research group at the University of Turku which develops ViLLE - a collaborative education tool platform.
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