ERIC Number: ED477039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
The Virtual Factory Teaching System (VFTS): Project Review and Results.
Kazlauskas, E. J.; Boyd, E. F., III; Dessouky, M. M.
This paper presents a review of the Virtual Factory Teaching (VFTS) project, a Web-based, multimedia collaborative learning network. The system allows students, working alone or in teams, to build factories, forecast demand for products, plan production, establish release rules for new work into the factory, and set scheduling rules for workstations. Included in the paper are a system description and list of project tasks. The evaluation component involving 3 different campuses is described and the results of 3-years of analyses are presented, including demographic descriptions, self-assessment results, performance results, attitudinal responses, and usability. In addition, instructor observations and course project output is also examined as components of the VFTS evaluation effort. It is believed through the analysis that the VFTS is an excellent instructional method to teach students the integration of the different modules in operations planning. (Author)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Distance Education, Higher Education, Information Networks, Instructional Design, Instructional Innovation, Multimedia Materials, Program Evaluation, Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Technical Education, World Wide Web
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: ED-MEDIA 2002 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. Proceedings (14th, Denver, Colorado, June 24-29, 2002); see IR 021 687.