Exploring learning how to learn in a team-based engineering education

Dirk Ifenthaler (Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia)
Zahed Siddique (University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA)
Farrokh Mistree (University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Publication date: 14 April 2014

Abstract

Purpose

In this paper, the authors aim to explore how students learn how to learn in a team-based graduate course Designing for Open Innovation using a theoretical framework that focuses on the cognitive functions of team-based processes and team performance.

Design/methodology/approach

An automated assessment methodology for the structural and semantic analysis of individual and shared knowledge representations serves as a foundation for the approach. A case study is presented that explores the development of individual mental models and shared mental models over the course.

Findings

An assessment of the mental models indicates that in this course three types of learning took place, namely individual learning, team-based learning, and learning from each other.

Originality/value

The automatically generated graphical representations provide insight into the complex processes of the learning-dependent development of individual mental models and shared mental models.

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Citation

Ifenthaler, D., Siddique, Z. and Mistree, F. (2014), "Exploring learning how to learn in a team-based engineering education", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 63-82. https://doi.org/10.1108/ITSE-10-2013-0025

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2014, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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