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ERIC Number: EJ925550
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-9359
Use of a New "Moodle" Module for Improving the Teaching of a Basic Course on Computer Architecture
Trenas, M. A.; Ramos, J.; Gutierrez, E. D.; Romero, S.; Corbera, F.
IEEE Transactions on Education, v54 n2 p222-228 May 2011
This paper describes how a new "Moodle" module, called "CTPracticals", is applied to the teaching of the practical content of a basic computer organization course. In the core of the module, an automatic verification engine enables it to process the VHDL designs automatically as they are submitted. Moreover, a straightforward modification of this engine would make it possible to extend its application to other programming languages. The module provides students with real-time knowledge of the state of their work by their accessing the result of the automatic assessment or feedback messages. Teachers have a constant global view of the status of their class and have available multiple options such as sending feedback messages to students, obtaining statistics, launching additional verifications in batch, and so on. Likewise, the module substantially improves some organizational aspects, and its design may help teachers to encourage teamwork. Its use partially frees teachers from certain routine work, saving time that can be devoted to teaching objectives and tutoring activities. (Contains 4 tables and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: European Union; Spain