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Challenges and Opportunities in Facilitating Student Engagement and Empowerment: Perspectives from Information Systems and Education Courses at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia PROCEEDINGS

, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-62-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Engagement & empowerment can be seen as right and a responsibility on the part of student & university alike & as a process. Increased diversity of student populations, growing emphasis on multiple modes of delivery & differences across & within disciplines combine to create challenges and opportunities in fostering student engagement & empowerment. This paper illustrates this argument by analysing 2 courses taught by the authors at the USQ. This interrogation is framed by the concept of interaction being used as an evaluative lens for interrogating the courses' success in facilitating interaction and hence in promoting student engagement & interaction. Courses encapsulate several of the problems and possibilities facing students & academics who seek to maximize student engagement & empowerment. Unless these challenges & opportunities are embraced at the course level, broader & deeper student interaction & hence engagement & empowerment will remain unfinished business

Citation

Hafeez-Baig, A. (2007). Challenges and Opportunities in Facilitating Student Engagement and Empowerment: Perspectives from Information Systems and Education Courses at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2007 (pp. 459-468). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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