Title: An electronic framework to enhance conceptual learning

Authors: Robert L. Bregman

Addresses: Department of Decision and Information Sciences, C.T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston, 334 Melcher Hall, Houston, TX 77204-6021, USA

Abstract: Almost all courses use homework assignments as a means to help students improve their mastery of concepts introduced in class. The development of the assignments, checking of solutions and delivery of feedback to students can be time-consuming and resource-intensive. This research introduces a simple framework that has been used to develop fully automated electronic assignments covering various concepts in operations management (OM). The resultant assignments can be run over the internet or directly on student computers. Student feedback based on survey responses and usage data suggests that they view the assignments as an important component of the course. The framework, which can be used to deliver assignments covering different concepts from other functional areas, and the completed assignments for OM are provided free for non-profit, educational use.

Keywords: online teaching; electronic courseware; operations management education; e-learning; electronic learning; online learning; conceptual learning; electronic assignments; homework assignments; higher education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIOME.2011.042665

International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, 2011 Vol.4 No.2, pp.134 - 145

Received: 02 Jun 2011
Accepted: 02 Aug 2011

Published online: 07 Feb 2015 *

Full-text access for editors Full-text access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article