A framework for sustaining the continuity of interaction in Web-based learning environment for engineering education
Anh Vu Nguyen, Yassin Rekik, Denis Gillet, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
This paper presents an innovative approach that can facilitate Web-based collaborative hands-on activities in engineering education. We present a framework that helps to sustain the continuity of interaction in flexible learning. The proposed approach is based on Activity Theory and focuses on the mediation role of collaboration artifacts within a learning community in Web-based experimentation environments. The artifacts serve both as a medium and as a product of the collaboration process in the community. We have developed the eJournal as an implementation of collaboration artifacts to support knowledge acquisition and reinforcement in a collaborative way. The eJournal is integrated into the eMersion environment, which is currently used to supply online experiments for various practical courses offered by the School of Engineering at the école Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). The paper also presents two case studies and some evaluation results.
Nguyen, A.V., Rekik, Y. & Gillet, D. (2005). A framework for sustaining the continuity of interaction in Web-based learning environment for engineering education. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3734-3741). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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