News and Blog

Episode 1: Enhancing Learning through Participation’

Teaching & Learning Excellence ProgramTLEP 2018

Episode 1: Enhancing Learning through Participation’

Venue: MaSHARE Co-Working Space, 2nd floor, Aditayathorn Building, MUIC

Date & Time: 8th February 2019, 13.00 – 14.30

A talk on ‘Enhancing Learning through Participation’ was hosted at MaSHARE room by Academic and Strategy Unit, the Office of Academic Affairs, MUIC.

The event was the first in the talk series organized as part of the Teaching & Learning Excellence Program. Its main aim was to provide a space where lecturers can voice their opinions and share their expertise with one another on educational issues to promote teaching and learning development.

The event was led by Dr. Nigel Gould-Davies, a lecturer from the Social Science Division at MUIC.

  The participating lecturers were grouped for the discussion where each participant voiced their opinions on how they define participation and also shared their personal experiences.

 The talk was conducted in one segment with discussions on the following issues:

        – What is the definition of ‘Participation’?

        – How can participation enhance learning and teaching?

       – How can lecturers encourage participation in classroom?

In education, participation usually means students speaking, which can be identified as simply answering questions or taking part in class discussions. When participation is a requirement, students prepare more, and this preparation actually increases their learning.

 Participation is part of active learning which seems to be favored by most lecturers despite numerous arguments. Some lecturers were skeptical about the idea of defining ‘participation’ as speaking/discussion since in real setting, students may not be making relevant contributions, may give non-verbal responses, may provide comments that make whole class in a daze rather than clarifying his/her understanding, or may speak only to earn participation credits. However, that doesn’t mean these contributions shouldn’t be taken into consideration.

  In addition, some lecturers commented that the cultural aspect plays a big role in defining the meaning of participation. It was mentioned that the participation can come in the form of ‘silence’ as stated by a participant that some of her Thai students prefer sitting quietly and listen to lectures with full attention rather than raising their hands and asking questions as doing so might interrupt the class.

 To sum up, most lecturers perceived a positive relationship between students’ participation and learning. They found it increases engagement, helps student retain and remember information, provide affirmation about what student has learned and deepens their understanding through hands-on learning opportunities.

Select the fields to be shown. Others will be hidden. Drag and drop to rearrange the order.
  • Image
  • SKU
  • Rating
  • Price
  • Stock
  • Availability
  • Add to cart
  • Description
  • Content
  • Weight
  • Dimensions
  • Additional information
  • Attributes
  • Custom attributes
  • Custom fields
Click outside to hide the compare bar

Our website uses cookies to provide you with a better online experience. Please select “Accept” or “Cookie Settings” to set your cookie preferences.

Privacy Preferences

Cookies are used on our website to recognize you from other visitors. Our website uses cookies to analyze how users interact with our website. By continuing to use our website, you consent to us placing cookies on your computer to analyze how users interact with our website. The university will use the analytics to improve the website’s usability. Performance cookies, on the other hand, do not gather information that can be used to identify you, such as your name, email address, or other personal information. They are only used for statistics purposes. As a result, this privacy policy will help the university to improve our website while simultaneously providing the best possible online experience. Please note that you can modify your cookie settings.

Accept All
Manage Consent Preferences
  • Necessary
    Always Active

    Necessary cookies are required to help a website usable by enabling core functions and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot be function properly without these cookies and they are enabled by default and cannot be disabled.

  • Analytics

    Analytics cookies help website to understand how visitors interact through the website. These cookies help to improve user experiences by collecting and reporting information.