International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning
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International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning (6 papers in press)
Development of a Maths Learning System for High School Students using the Java Desktop Platform by Santoso Wibowo, Paul Moore, Michael Li Abstract: This paper presents the development of a maths learning system for high school maths students. The development process involved the creation of the front-end graphical user interface and the back-end database, with both being implemented to near-commercial standard. The front-end consists of two main screens; a separate one each for the teacher and the student. The teachers screen displays and allows the editing of all data in the database through the use of tables. The student is presented with all the maths questions from the database on their screen in a structured form for the practice of math problems of various difficulty levels. Three types of final tests were performed to examine the effectiveness of maths learning system. The results showed that the system is consistent and usable for learning maths at high school. Keywords: Learning system; Maths; Java platform; High school students. DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2019.10019483
A versatile and flexible e-assessment framework towards more authentic summative examinations in Higher-Education by Laurent Moccozet, Omar Benkacem, Elma Berisha, Rita Trigo Trindade, Pierre-Yves Bürgi Abstract: This article describes an infrastructure that is currently being deployed across a university to enable teachers to conduct online exams for their courses. We also investigate in this study how such a framework can open the way to more authentic assessments. Four related examination experiences using this assessment framework are described. The two first ones correspond to open book examinations on the universitys computers, the third one corresponds to an examination involving the use of software on students computers and the last one corresponds to an open book examination on students computers. The performance of the students from one of the open book examinations on universitys computers experiments is analysed to evaluate the impact of the online format compared to the paper format. The feedbacks of the students of the two bring your own device (BYOD) experiments are collected to assess their feelings regarding this specific technical configuration. The results provide significant and interesting indications for the development of summative e-assessment both for initial and continuing education in higher education. In particular, we discuss the directions to take to extend this environment to continuing education. Keywords: authentic assessment; BYOD; e-assessment; LMS; open book assessment; virtual machine; VDI. DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2019.10019538
Method for Teaching Students to Make a Simple Geometric Estimation of the Macroscopic Rotational Modes of Large Deformations during Pressure Forming by Alexander V. Perig Abstract: This educational article is focused on a simple geometric explanation of basic concepts of large deformation theory in an undergraduate curriculum in materials pressure forming. The paper provides a unified original introduction to macroscopic rotation and rotational inhomogeneity concepts for technical students working with soft modelling materials in laboratory classes. The original authors approach to an engineering interpretation of theoretical and experimental laboratory research work uses only a simple geometric computational approach and does not involve calculus techniques. This mathematics-free explanation is easily understandable and appropriate for a wide community of technical students with any level of preliminary knowledge. The proposed novel educational approach is an interesting enhancement of existing materials curriculum for creative student-centred training of technical specialists both in metal forming and polymer pressure forming. Keywords: engineering education; material forming education; materials science education; initial circular gridlines; large deformation; macroscopic rotation; rotational inhomogeneity; plasticine models. DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2019.10020279
An Evaluation of Shiraz University Curriculum Renewal Process (CRP) based on Strategic Approach of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). by Ana Ghasemain Dastjerdy, Ghasem Salimi, Mehdi Mohammadi Abstract: This paper attempts to report key findings from some inquiries into the curriculum renewal process (CRP) which is hereby undergoing at Shiraz University. The research investigates into implementing sustainability criteria in the curriculum renewal process of the undergraduate programs based on a strategic approach to curriculum renewal. The existing gaps in the curriculum renewal process that can help pedagogues to embed sustainability throughout their programs are also being studied. The study is based on a sequential explanation of descriptive explanation. A survey is used to measure the gaps in curriculum renewal process at Shiraz based on the Dasha-Hargroves (2013) helix model. Also, fundamental reasons that cause the gaps are explored using in-depth, face to face and thematic analysis method. The results showed that there are some significant discrepancies between the curriculum renewal process under study and the rapid curriculum renewal model. Keywords: Sustainability; sustainable development; curriculum renewal process; rapid curriculum renewal; education for Sustainable development. DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2019.10020513
Statistical Analysis for Assessing Sample/Practice Exams in Undergraduate Engineering Education by Mohammad Khasawneh Abstract: The inclusion of practice exams in undergraduate engineering courses was assessed utilising survey results and the analysis of variance (ANOVA) tools. Data collected was from the survey completed by students and students grades spanning over two semesters one with implementing practice exams and the other without. Results based on survey indicated that there was a very strong consensus among students about the usefulness and validity of such course improvement. Furthermore, the statistical analysis results using the ANOVA and the independent samples t-test tools also showed a significant increase, on the 0.05 significance level (or 95% confidence level), in students academic procurement when utilising the practice exams technique. Therefore, it is recommended that sample exams be implemented in undergraduate engineering education to enhance students earnings and their learning experience. Keywords: Highway Design; Geotechnical Engineering; Sample Exams; Practice Exams; Undergraduate; Engineering; Assessment; Survey; Statistics; ANOVA. DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2020.10021013
Edification in creation of Lattice Boltzmann models for materials science students by Alexander V. Perig, Dmytro Svyetlichnyy, Lukasz Lach, Robert Straka, Andriy Svyetlichnyy Abstract: Education of new engineers is accompanied with the presentation of novel technologies. Development and optimisation of technologies is impossible without student learning of new computational methods. Theoretical complexity of computational techniques makes self-learning an extra-long and not effective. This paper is an approach that helps student to understand the whole process of development and testing of a model. The technology of selective laser melting was chosen as a sample, and the Lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) was used as the main modelling tool. This paper provides practical instructions for creating the first model for a free-surface fluid flow, providing examples of desired results. Then, the paper presents some of students' results and achievements, and also compares the results received without and with the proposed learning approach. The instructions presented in this paper may be useful for beginners who are trying to self-learning LBM, because it describes operations in easily understandable language. Keywords: Lattice Boltzmann Method; Additive Layer Manufacturing; Free Surface Flow; Computer-based Education; Engineering Education. DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2019.10021181