International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning (7 papers in press)
Study on Online Self-learning Platform of Professional Courses from the perspective of Constructivism
by Bin Zhao
Abstract: learning is important for all students, including engineering. To engineering students an advanced learning mode is constructed using constructivist approach. Firstly, the basic connotation of constructivism and self-learning are analyzed. Secondly, the principles of online self-learning platform from the perspective of constructivism are established. Thirdly, the construction strategies of network autonomous learning platform based on constructivism theory are summarized. Finally, the learning effect of online self-learning platform is evaluated based on weight optimization method and grey relational analysis using four specialized courses as examples, and the online self-learning platform has good capacity for improving the self-learning effect of engineering college students according to the evaluation results.
Keywords: constructivism; network self-learning platform; professional course; grey relational analysis.
Exploring the Effect of VoIP Tools as a Foreign Language Instruction on Learners
by Yen Chen Yen, Huei-Tse Hou, Kuo-En Chang
Abstract: This study aims to compare the effects of two different
environments, i.e. Skype and face-to-face (F2F), on learners speaking
performance by assessing the frequency of errors (e.g. verb tense, verb form
and sentence structure) occurring in the learners oral productions during role
playing. Fifty-two young adult English-as-a-foreign language (EFL) learners
recruited from a business college were randomly and equally assigned into the
experimental or the control group. Oral interviews were used as the pretest and
post-test in this study. The participants were required to complete the given
tasks in pairs after the instruction. The experimental group undertook the tasks
via Skype and the control group performed the tasks in an F2F environment.
Verbatim data from the students recorded utterances in two environments were
analysed. The results indicated that the experimental group showed more
improvement than the control group in their oral performance.
Keywords: CALL; Skype; face-2-face; peaking errors; ole-playing.
Study and design of a pico hydropower plant for academic education and research use
by Achour EL HAMDAOUY, Issam Salhi, Said Doubabi, Mohamed Chennani
Abstract: Installing various didactic prototypes in universities is a suitable way
that facilitates learning. These prototypes affect positively students attention
and help them to focus in class. In general, the students are mechanically
inclined, so they are more interested to deal with hands-on experiments than to
pore over theoretical analysis. For these raisons, a pico-hydropower plant
(PHPP) prototype was developed and installed in our department. This paper
describes the developed prototype which could be used for teaching the
hydroelectric conversion, the PHPP operation principle and the control and the
stability of a mini grid. In addition, using the prototype, students could validate
the studied regulation techniques, they will also master various skills deemed
necessary and proper for them to achieve success in different electrical
engineering disciplines. Further, the prototype could be used in research to
develop new advanced control laws.
Keywords: renewable energy; pico hydropower plant; industrial automation systems; frequency control.
Transformational Model for Engineering Education from Content-Based to Outcomes-Based Education
by Arooj Manzoor, HARIS AZIZ, Mirza Jahanzaib, Ahmad Wasim, Salman Hussain
Abstract: Globally, higher education is shifting from content-based educational model to outcome-based educational model. The reason behind this transformation is that content-based model emphasizes on what is presented and outcome-based model focuses on what students can actually learn and do. In order to fulfil the requirements of Washington Accord, Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) is transforming the Ilearning process from Content Based Education (CBE) to Outcomes Based Education (OBE). Transitions are always difficult, and a framework that highlights whole process of transformation and keeps track of the change is always needed. This paper proposes a transformational model from CBE to OBE by incorporating five learning and development factors which are; teaching method, student skills, curriculum, assessment method and class situation. To track the change, a comparison of proposed OBE model and existing CBE practices was made for Industrial Engineering Department, University of Engineering and Technology Taxila. Results showed that transferring from CBE to OBE has positive impact on students' learning. Results also highlighted assessment method andcurriculum as the areas for further improvement.
Keywords: Transformation; Outcome Based Education; Content Based Education; engineering education; Washington Accord; Assessment.
Outcome-based PersonaliSed Learning Measurement Tool for Engineering Education at INTI International University - INTI OBE Tool (IOBET)
by E. Malini, TIRUMISHI JADA EPAKDE, P. Kannan, P. Venishri
Abstract: In recent years, the implementation of outcome-based education
(OBE) has been much emphasised in developed and developing nations driving
educators towards investment in educational reforms. In OBE, learners are at
the centre of their own learning with ownership to perform based on outcomes.
However, much criticism against the OBE has also been presented in various
papers regarding the actual implementation of OBE. Some researchers have
measured OBE based on student survey and correlation-based analysis at
cohort or overall program level. None has looked at personalised learning
measurement at individual level using OBE tools. In this paper, we deliberated
the process in implementing an INTI OBE Tool (IOBET) MS Excel Program
for measuring individual learners achievement over the Engineering
Accreditation Council (EAC)-prescribed program outcomes (PO) for
engineering education particularly in Faculty of Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics (FOSTEM) in INTI International University,
Nilai, Malaysia. In the quantitative process, a comprehensive and exhaustive system was created. The IOBET would be used to extract the CO and PO
attainment score of each individual student enrolled in the program and the PO
attainment of each cohort from point of entry to exit.
course learning outcome (CO) and PO attainment measurement computational
Keywords: OBE; Personalised Learning; Outcome Attainment; Measurement Tool; EAC; FOSTEM.
Implementing Blogs for Developing Academic Writing Skills in a Variety of Higher Educational Contexts
by Agnieszka Gadomska, Przemysław Krakowian
Abstract: For the past 10 years, we have observed how Information and
Communication Technologies (ICT) influences the methodology and practice
of teaching academic writing skills. The shift has occurred from paper- and
course book-based activities through blended courses on various Virtual
Learning Environments (VLEs) to the implementation of blogging and handson
student experience in e-material design. The authors have noted that this
development appears to be leading to very positive outcomes in terms of the
effectiveness of teaching writing skills and students attitudes to e-learning in
the academic contexts. The paper focuses on separate examples of successful
implementation of online blogging in different academic contexts and examines
attitudes, skill development and takes a look at other dimensions of the process,
such as the development of intercultural competences through collaborative
work of students from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
Keywords: online blogging; academic education; writing; intercultural competence; learner language.
Robotics in primary school in the opinion of prospective and in-service teachers. A comparison study
by Nataliia Morze, Eugenia Smyrnova-Trybulska*, Wojciech Zuziak, Piet Kommers, Mariia Gladun
Abstract: This article describes some issues concerning the use of Robots in primary school as an object and subject of learning. The authors conclude, based on an analysis of earlier research as well as their own study that educational robots can stimulate learners' learning motivation. Compared with other media, programmable bricks provide children with the opportunity to create their own products and, through this process, to express creative thinking. Studies have found that learning robotics or integrating programming bricks into courses can help to develop students' problem-solving abilities and enhance their learning performance. Besides, an analysis is presented of basic legal regulations in this matter, primary school curricula as well as some results of a survey conducted in Poland and Ukraine among in-service teachers and prospective teachers.
Keywords: robotics in primary school; survey; curricula; key competences; motivation; students' problem-solving abilities.