ERIC Number: ED445640
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
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CAD/CAM at a Distance: Assessing the Effectiveness of Web-Based Instruction To Meet Workforce Development Needs. AIR 2000 Annual Forum Paper.
Wilkerson, Joyce A.; Elkins, Susan A.
This qualitative case study assessed web-based instruction in a computer-aided design/computer-assisted manufacturing (CAD/CAM) course designed for workforce development. The study examined students' and instructors' experience in a CAD/CAM course delivered exclusively on the Internet, evaluating course content and delivery, clarity of presentation of complex technical concepts, and student receptivity to the Internet delivery mode. Components of student experience examined were motivation, nature of interactions, advantages and disadvantages, issues associated with Internet delivery, and student outcomes. Narrative data from telephone interviews (n=20) with students in the United States and Canada was the principal source of data. The course packet, provided electronically, included a syllabus, faculty, calendar, assignments, notes, e-mail link and index, as well as links to industrial and educational sites and the university home page. Findings indicated that the Internet delivery met the expectations of the students by offering a course not available through traditional delivery; participants were satisfied with all components of the course except for selected technical problems and they felt that this distance learning course was as effective as a traditional course. (Contains 40 references.) (CH)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Course Content, Course Evaluation, Course Objectives, Curriculum Development, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Labor Force Development, Nontraditional Students, Outcomes of Education, Student Surveys, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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