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Hypermedia systems for improving knowledge, understanding and skills in engineering degree courses

Hypermedia systems for improving knowledge, understanding and skills in engineering degree courses
Hypermedia systems for improving knowledge, understanding and skills in engineering degree courses
Two contrasting computer based learning applications have been introduced into engineering degree courses. Both are based upon the “open” hypermedia approach, and both use Microcosm to organise and link resources, and Toolbook to present much of the material. One of the applications uses a traditional, “linear”, tutorial style approach, while the other presents students with a design problem and provides them with a large and diverse amount of poorly structured information which the students have to use to generate an engineering design. Both applications were evaluated in several ways and analysis of the responses leads to the conclusion that carefully written computer based applications can be effective not only for teaching basic knowledge at this level, but can also be used as a means of allowing students to develop skills in complex areas such as generating solutions to open-ended mechanical engineering design problems.
0360-1315
69-88
Hill, M.
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Bailey, J.D.
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Reed, P.A.S.
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Hill, M.
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Bailey, J.D.
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Reed, P.A.S.
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Hill, M., Bailey, J.D. and Reed, P.A.S. (1998) Hypermedia systems for improving knowledge, understanding and skills in engineering degree courses. Computers and Education, 31 (1), 69-88. (doi:10.1016/S0360-1315(98)00019-0).

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Two contrasting computer based learning applications have been introduced into engineering degree courses. Both are based upon the “open” hypermedia approach, and both use Microcosm to organise and link resources, and Toolbook to present much of the material. One of the applications uses a traditional, “linear”, tutorial style approach, while the other presents students with a design problem and provides them with a large and diverse amount of poorly structured information which the students have to use to generate an engineering design. Both applications were evaluated in several ways and analysis of the responses leads to the conclusion that carefully written computer based applications can be effective not only for teaching basic knowledge at this level, but can also be used as a means of allowing students to develop skills in complex areas such as generating solutions to open-ended mechanical engineering design problems.

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Published date: August 1998

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Local EPrints ID: 21199
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/21199
ISSN: 0360-1315
PURE UUID: 9a93823a-76f9-4e94-98e5-a880e45d8b12
ORCID for P.A.S. Reed: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2258-0347

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Date deposited: 09 Nov 2006
Last modified: 07 Nov 2018 01:35

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