Hypermedia systems for improving knowledge, understanding and skills in engineering degree courses
Computers & Education Volume 31, Number 1, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
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.
Hill, M., Bailey, J.D. & Reed, P.A.S. (1998). Hypermedia systems for improving knowledge, understanding and skills in engineering degree courses. Computers & Education, 31(1), 69-88. Elsevier Ltd.