Title: Enhancing a Mechatronics design distance-learning course through internet and Web 2.0 technologies

Authors: W.C. Gan, Sandy Tse, Paul C.K. Kwok, Jonathan C.M. Tsang, Gary Lam

Addresses: The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China. ' The HK Web Symposium Consortium, China. ' School of Science and Technology, The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China. ' The University of California, Berkeley, USA. ' Caritas Bianchi College of Careers (CBCC), 18 Chui Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories

Abstract: Mechatronics is a newly developed multi-disciplinary engineering subject. Students sometimes find that it is quite difficult to master this area of focus because of its demand for wide range of knowledge in engineering required. In addition, the distance-learning mode presents the geographical and time barrier for students. In the last decade, new Web 2.0 technology was developed rapidly; the proper use of these new technologies can help arouse students| interest in learning a Mechatronics course. In this paper, the use of internet and Web 2.0 technologies to enhance the teaching and learning effectiveness in a Mechatronics distance-learning course will be discussed.

Keywords: mechatronics design; distance learning; Web 2.0; YouTube; OLE; online learning environmenst; innovation; mechatronics education; e-learning; electronic learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2010.034351

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2010 Vol.8 No.2, pp.231 - 240

Published online: 01 Aug 2010 *

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