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"Engaging First Year Students Using a Web-supported Inquiry-based Learn" by Ron Oliver

This paper describes a study that explored the utility and efficacy of the application of a Web-based tool to promote learner engagement among first year students in a large class in an undergraduate communications degree. The Web-based tool was developed to support an inquiry-based learning approach that was characterised by strong learning scaffolds, meaningful contexts, feedback and support and administrative efficiencies. The study explored the forms of engagement that the Web-supported inquiry-based learning approach was able to engender among first year undergraduate students and the factors that were found to influence students’ levels of engagement and achievement in the approach.
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Another paper exploring the ICT and educational technology required to support inquiry learning in higher education.

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Designing and sharing inquiry-based learning activities (Desila) : Jisc

Designing and sharing inquiry-based learning activities (Desila) : Jisc | Inquiry learning, information literacy & higher ed | Scoop.it
The project aims to implement and evaluate LAMS, a tool that supports design for learning and the sharing and reuse of learning designs, in a real-life case study context of development and innovation in ‘blended’ and fully online forms of IBL in HE specifically within arts and social sciences disciplines.
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This reports on a project investigating the use of a Learning Activity Management tool for inquiry learning. The tool is supposed to extend the capabilities of LMS such as Blackboard and be more suitable for activity based pedagogies. 

 

I think it would be interesting to compare the findings in this report with my experience in this Inquiry Learning subject, where we are able to make use of the many free resources already available on the web for our learning activities. 

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HERDSA34.pdf

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A conference paper delivered at HERDC in 2003, reports on an investigation into what faculty and educators perceive IBL to be. The lack of consensual understanding makes it difficult to identify best practices and develop support resources.

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