Proposal Title

POSTER: How do Undergraduate Students Choose Elective Courses? The Role of Course Characteristics

Presentation Type

Poster

Location

Law Atrium (3rd Floor Old Main)

Start Date

18-2-2020 10:45 AM

End Date

18-2-2020 11:05 AM

Proposal Abstract

The study uses survey data from 246 students in the School of Business and Economics to examine the role that characteristics of a course play when students choose elective courses. Over 80% of students surveyed consider course characteristics to be an important or a very important factor in choosing an elective course. One example of a specific course characteristic used in the survey is "being interesting;" 91% of students surveyed consider that as an important or a very important factor. Also, 86% consider a course "being useful" as important or very important. Other course characteristics considered important or very important are "being fun" (65% of students surveyed) and "being easy" (52% of students surveyed). The study broke down the sample by gender, year of study, and residency and examined how the different groups of respondents view each of the course characteristics in choosing their elective courses.

Statement

This poster is consistent with the "Celebrating 50 Years of Teaching and Learning at TRU" theme. Faculty who create innovative courses will want to minimize the chance that their course won't attract enough students to be allowed to run. Being aware of student preferences regarding course characteristics will help the faculty to attract the students while also implementing innovative teaching techniques.

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Feb 18th, 10:45 AM Feb 18th, 11:05 AM

POSTER: How do Undergraduate Students Choose Elective Courses? The Role of Course Characteristics

Law Atrium (3rd Floor Old Main)

The study uses survey data from 246 students in the School of Business and Economics to examine the role that characteristics of a course play when students choose elective courses. Over 80% of students surveyed consider course characteristics to be an important or a very important factor in choosing an elective course. One example of a specific course characteristic used in the survey is "being interesting;" 91% of students surveyed consider that as an important or a very important factor. Also, 86% consider a course "being useful" as important or very important. Other course characteristics considered important or very important are "being fun" (65% of students surveyed) and "being easy" (52% of students surveyed). The study broke down the sample by gender, year of study, and residency and examined how the different groups of respondents view each of the course characteristics in choosing their elective courses.