‘Time to Be an Academic Influencer’

Peer-to-Peer Learning Enhances Students’ Self-Directed Learning with Disparate Knowledge Background in CAD


  • Iain Choi Singapore Polytechnic
  • Fann Zhi Singapore Polytechnic





self-directed learning, peer-to-peer learning, computer-aided design, peer teaching, peer tutoring


This paper explores how Peer-to-Peer learning can level-up students' understanding of computer-aided design (CAD) with Autodesk Auto- CAD programme for Interior Design Year 1 students. As students come from different knowledge backgrounds, they approach the module with different understanding levels, with the weaker students unable to follow the live demonstration tutorials. A peer tutoring assignment using a student-led peer-to-peer learning pedagogy, was introduced to advance students' understanding and internalise content better by reinforcing their learning. Each group has an equal proportion of students with different levels of knowledge and capabilities, and each group member conducted self-research on a topic segment, shared their knowledge and findings within their group, and thereafter curated a 15-minute lecture and facilitation workshop for peers. Tutors provided consultation and mediation, encouraging students’ participation. The assignment’s results showed that the peer-to-peer learning approach efficaciously empowered students and motivated learning, enabling them to be self-directed learners.

How to Cite

Choi, I., & Zhi, F. (2021). ‘Time to Be an Academic Influencer’: Peer-to-Peer Learning Enhances Students’ Self-Directed Learning with Disparate Knowledge Background in CAD. Cubic Journal, 4(4), 54–69. https://doi.org/10.31182/cubic.2021.4.038



Author Biographies

Iain Choi, Singapore Polytechnic

Iain Choi coordinates the above-mentioned module in this paper, while looking for better education strategies to benefit students’ learning experience. A lecturer specialized in commercial, museum and communication design, he has a strong interest in user experience and empathetic studies. He has participated in design thinking and social innovation projects, both locally and internationally.

Fann Zhi, Singapore Polytechnic

Fann Zhi Jie is an experienced lecturer with a demonstrated history of working in design education. He leads a dynamic team to inspire, nurture and grow future spatial designers. He is skilled in urban design, urban planning, architecture, visual merchandising, curriculum development and art. He is a strong education professional trained in Singapore and the U.K.


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