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  • Study on Online Self-learning Platform of Professional Courses from the perspective of Constructivism   Order a copy of this article
    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   Order a copy of this article
    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.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2017.10003457
  • Study and design of a pico hydropower plant for academic education and research use   Order a copy of this article
    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.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2017.10003458
  • Transformational Model for Engineering Education from Content-Based to Outcomes-Based Education   Order a copy of this article
    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.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2017.10003459
  • Outcome-based PersonaliSed Learning Measurement Tool for Engineering Education at INTI International University - INTI OBE Tool (IOBET)   Order a copy of this article
    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.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2017.10003591
  • Implementing Blogs for Developing Academic Writing Skills in a Variety of Higher Educational Contexts   Order a copy of this article
    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.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2017.10003592
  • Robotics in primary school in the opinion of prospective and in-service teachers. A comparison study   Order a copy of this article
    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.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2017.10003680