Design and evaluation of a network-based course
by Guang Dong
International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning (IJCEELL), Vol. 22, No. 1/2, 2012

Abstract: A network-based course was developed for the subject of computer network basis at a higher vocational college. This paper describes the functional design, structural design, and assessment design of the course. In terms of functional design, the course has four subsystems including the basic information subsystem, downloading subsystem, teaching video subsystem, and forum subsystem. The structural design focuses on web page design including navigational features, online tests, and interactivity design. The assessment design intends to investigate students' performance and teaching quality. A tentative evaluation was conducted on the students to examine their perceptions on the design and use of the course. Results show that the network-based course was more efficient than the conventional classroom teaching. Most students mentioned that they gained additional knowledge from the course. Some limitations of the course were also identified and would be addressed in the future.

Online publication date: Fri, 25-May-2012

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