An investigation into the impact of Self Organised
Learning Environment (SOLE) on student engagement in
Keywords : Assessment and Evaluation, Educational Effectiveness, Higher Education
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Student engagement has become a cause for concern within higher education, and
research has begun to identify specific areas within educational practices that are
effective surrounding student engagement (Kahn, 2014). Earlier work conducted by
Sugata Mitra referred to as ‘the hole in the wall’ experiments, have shown that groups
of children can learn without the assistance of adult intervention. The aim of this paper
was to investigate student engagement levels utilising the Self-Organised Learning
Environment (SOLE) with adults, in a first year university seminar. The experiment
was conducted utilising the SOLEs procedure applicable to a higher education setting.
Results, which are discussed in the paper, show that there was a non-significant
increase (+11.6%) in student engagement levels utilising SOLEs, compared to
traditional seminars students previously participated within.