Virtual learning environments (VLEs) for electronic engineering students

McHugo, C. and Hall, T. (2005) Virtual learning environments (VLEs) for electronic engineering students. [Conference Proceedings]

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Abstract

This paper highlights the development of a virtual learning environment (VLE) to teach digital electronics. The aims of this research work are to demonstrate virtual experimentation using an interactive model elevator and simulation and also facilitate collaborative learning in a problem based learning (PBL) [1] environment. The digital electronics module will be delivered using blended learning techniques. We propose to test the VLE on Electronic Systems and Information Technology students in the second semester (February 2005) of the academic year here at the University of Limerick. During the past year we have carried out surveys in other modules to quantify student's thoughts and gauge their views on VLE's and blended learning. This information was compiled and used as an aid in the development of VLE In the first trial we studied student's behavior with a custom built VLE using blended learning techniques. Currently we are carrying out trails on students in another Module using Moodle [2] as a VLE. The requirements and specifications involved in creating a model elevator for the purpose of a VLE are assessed. Modular design was integrated into the design process. Therefore it is hoped that the different modular features of the elevator can provide challenging PBL exercises for learners.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Additional Information: Conference code: 100632; Export Date: 23 February 2015; Correspondence Address: Educational Media Research Centre (EMRC), ECE Department, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland; References: Savin-Baden, M., (2000) Problem-based Learning in Higher Education: Untold Stories, , ISBN: 0-335-20337-X. SRHE and Open University Press, Celtic Court, 22 Ballmoor, Buckingham, MK18 1XW; A Free, Open Source Content Management System for Online Learning., , http://www.moodle.org/; Shonfeld, M., Ronen, I., Labs are going online (2004) 16th Annual ED-MEDIA Conference, , Lugano, Switzerland. June 21-26th 2004; Vu Nguyen, A., Gillet, D., Sire, S., Sustaining Collaboration within a Learning Community in Flexible Engineering Education (2004) 16th Annual ED-MEDIA Conference, , Lugano, Switzerland. June 21-26th 2004; McHugo, C., Hall, T., Horgan, J., Johnson, K., Karras, K., An evaluation of the design and development of a virtual learning environment (VLE) for engineering students (2004) Advanced Technologies in Education, , Kefalonia, Greece; Mid western lifts 5A Docklands Business Park, , Dock Road, Limerick, Ireland; Attwell, G., What is the significance of Open Source Software for the education and training community? (2004) Interactive Computer Aided Learning (ICL), , Villach Austria, September 29th- October 1st 2004; Goebel, H., Siemund, H., WSPICE: A web-Based SPICE Circuit-Simulation Environment with Schematic Editor (2004) Interactive Computer Aided Learning(ICL), , Villach Austria, September 29th- October 1st 2004; Callaghan, M.J., Harkin, J., McGinnity, T.M., Maguire, L.P., Multi-disciplinary requirements for remote experimentation implementation (2004) Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation Symposium(REV), , Villach, Austria, September 28th-29th 2004; Grout, I., Fitzpatrick, C., Walsh, J., Remote accessibility experiment for optical fibre sensor tester (2004) Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation Symposium(REV), , Villach, Austria, September 28th- 29th 2004; Grout, I., Walsh, J., O'shea, T., Canavan, M., A local and remote laboratory user experimentation access arrangement using digital programmable logic (2004) Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation Symposium(REV), , Villach, Austria, September 28th- 29th 2004; Boud, D., Grahame, E., Feletti, (1997) The Challenge of Problem Based Learning, , ISBN: 0-7494 2291-2. (Koogan Page Limited, 120 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JN; McHugo, C., Johnson, K., Hall, T., An overview of learner's experiences using blended learning techniques in engineering applications (2004) 5th Annual Ed-Tech Conference, , Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland. June 5-6th 2004; Concannon, F., Johnson, K., Designing an authoring system to support learning object repositories for small to medium sized enterprises (2003) E-Learn, , Phoenix, Arizona, USA. November 7-11th 2003; (2002), http://cs.ucv.ro/virec/, MINERVA programmeUR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84887313839&partnerID=40&md5=a2e4b8bc639af23f4196699f1cf80451
Uncontrolled Keywords: Blended learning; ELearning; PBL; VLEs; Collaborative learning; Problem based learning; Virtual experimentations; Virtual learning environments; Virtual learning environments (VLEs); Computer aided instruction; Educational technology; Elevators; Engineering research; Information technology; Learning algorithms; Learning systems; Students; Virtual reality; E-learning
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2015 08:37
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2015 08:37
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/2981

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