ERIC Number: ED450697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Evaluating the Student Experience of Learning On-Line.
This paper looks at the development and evaluation of an online learning and teaching package (http://www.herts.ac.uk/lis/ltdu/projects/mm2) in workshop techniques for Year 1 BA (Hons) Model Design students at the University of Hertfordshire (United Kingdom). Students produce as part of their coursework physical models made from such materials as wood, metal, and acrylic. "Workshop Techniques" was designed to complement the series of practical course sessions that familiarize students with the workshop machinery. It incorporates an online resource and testing facility to back up the practical "hands-on" lectures in the workshops. Machinery is demonstrated and the students get a practical introduction to using the equipment. Students must attend this practical and complete the online tests to be judged "competent" to use the machinery on their own at a later date. This paper outlines problems that have arisen from the traditional method of teaching the course. It then discusses the author's experimentation with a number of different teaching strategies, the first attempt which was to videotape the lectures. The next strategy was to present the material on the Web using a browser. The remainder of the paper discusses the design of the package, its applications, and the benefits of the feedback from student evaluations. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Courseware, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Development, Instructional Innovation, Internet, Material Development, Online Systems, Student Reaction, Teaching Methods, Technology Education, Web Based Instruction, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Based on a paper given at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) (Austin, Texas, May 28-31, 2000).