Performance of Active Learners at the University of Glasgow Singapore: An Empirical Evidence

Della, C. , Lim, L. H. I. , Goh, C. S. and Dale, V. (2022) Performance of Active Learners at the University of Glasgow Singapore: An Empirical Evidence. STE2022 3rd International Conference on Science and Technology Education, FEUP, Porto, Portugal, 6-7 Oct 2022. (Unpublished)

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In this study, we identified active learners in the Mechatronics and Mechanical Design Engineering Programme at the University of Glasgow Singapore and studied their performance from 2012 to 2015 for 3 batches of students. We used a level 3 course, Mechanics of Materials and Structures, that is both at taught at the University of Glasgow, UK and the University of Glasgow Singapore to identify the active learners. In this course, as part of the learning activities, the learners are encouraged to collaborate by posting questions and answering their peers’ questions in the online tool PeerWise ( The active learners are then identified through their level of participation in PeerWise and afterwards their performances are studied. The course exam grades, overall level 3 GPAs, and final year project grades of the active learners and their less active peers are compared and evaluated. The results of the study revealed that students with higher levels of activity, as determined from PeerWise, not only scored significantly higher marks on the course exam but also obtained higher overall GPA during their Level 3 of their degree programme. In addition, the active learners performed better for their final year projects as compared with their less active peers.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Keywords:Active learning, collaborative learning, mechanics of materials.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Goh, Dr Cindy Sf and Dale, Dr Vicki and Della, Dr Christian and Lim, Dr Li Hong Idris
Authors: Della, C., Lim, L. H. I., Goh, C. S., and Dale, V.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
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