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Enabling Project-Based Learning in WBT Systems

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International Journal on E-Learning Volume 4, Number 4, ISSN 1537-2456 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Record type: Article


Invited as a paper from E-Learn 2003

It is our experience that many Web-based training (WBT) systems do not consider the latest advances in teaching or learning paradigms – they simply reflect Web technology. We believe that such a technical approach to building WBT systems has a number of drawbacks, since WBT systems are primarily about teaching and learning, rather than about technology. Thus, WBT systems should actually combine conventional and innovative tools compatible with current Web technology to support well-known, well-tested techniques, and also to enable implementation of new and innovative teaching and learning paradigms in a Web-based environment. Therefore, we built an innovative WBT system called WBT-Master as a Web-based platform supporting a wide range of different teaching and learning paradigms. In this paper, we present a WBT-Master tool that implements the well-known and highly accepted project-based learning paradigm. Further, we present results of the application of this tool in conducting a project-oriented software engineering course attended by more than 200 university students. We also present evaluations of applying WBT-Master within a corporate environment.


Helic, D., Krottmaier, H., Maurer, H. & Scerbakov, N. (2005). Enabling Project-Based Learning in WBT Systems. International Journal on E-Learning, 4(4), 445-461. Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 21, 2019 from .