Using social network metrics to assess the effectiveness of broad based admission practices

  • Shane Dawson University of British Columbia
  • Leah Macfadyen University of British Columbia
  • Lori Lockyer University of Wollongong
  • David Mazzochi-Jones University of Wollongong

Abstract

Notions of what it is to be knowledgeable and skilled in one's profession have evolved in recent decades. For instance, medical practitioners are expected to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, and to be a professional and community leader. While these attributes have always been well regarded, it is only relatively recently that higher education institutions are actively incorporating these skills and attributes into student admissions criteria. In parallel, methods of instruction and course delivery have also changed over time with respect to these driving social paradigms. Today's medical schools are expected to both select and develop students in terms of these qualities through socially based pedagogical practices. This paper investigates the admissions criteria that best predict student engagement in a social learning environment and thus the related attributes such as communication, creativity, and leadership. The paper frames this investigation in the scholarship related to 21st century skills and achievement orientations.

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Author Biographies

Shane Dawson, University of British Columbia
Director ISIT, Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia
Leah Macfadyen, University of British Columbia
Science Centre for Learning and Teaching, University of British Columbia
Lori Lockyer, University of Wollongong
Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong
David Mazzochi-Jones, University of Wollongong
Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong
Published
2011-03-09
How to Cite
Dawson, S., Macfadyen, L., Lockyer, L., & Mazzochi-Jones, D. (2011). Using social network metrics to assess the effectiveness of broad based admission practices. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 27(1). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.979