June 12, 2005
June 12, 2005
June 15, 2005
10.34.1 - 10.34.8
A DEVELOPMENT OF WIRELESS CLASSROOM FRAMEWORK FOR CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY COURSES
Chul S. Kim, Laura Lucas
Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis
Many courses in the Construction Technology (CNT) Program in Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) are taught in traditional classrooms that are not equipped with computers. This is partially due to the lack of funding to provide enough computer facilities; however, it is more because computers are not currently deemed integral in the teaching and learning in these courses. Thanks to the rapid progress in information technology, classrooms are now changing. More instructional content is being delivered and received through a computer environment, electronic class notes on the Web, for example. Classroom activities such as discussion and testing now can be done online.
But even the non-computer-based construction courses could take advantage of using computers for various class activities. The immediate possibilities are to use computers to collect students’ feedback and adjust the lecture based on the feedback while the class is in session: in other words, real-time assessment of the students and customized lectures based on the assessment. However, there still exists the problem of limited computer resources even if the necessity is justified. On the other hand, these courses still need to meet in non-lab classrooms to better facilitate discussions and multimedia presentations, or because of large class sizes.
The solution for both the limitation and the need is to use mobile computing devices in the classrooms. Mobile PCs (i.e. Pocket PCs, PDA) or laptop computers have rapidly become affordable yet are capable of computing at acceptable levels for most needs. A wireless network is readily available on the IUPUI campus which allows students to use mobile devices to connect to course content on the Internet. The technology for mobile computing now has reached the level of common availability so that it can be easily implemented in classrooms2. This research was performed to prepare a database framework for a wireless mobile PC based system that can administer quizzes and exams in construction course classrooms.
Goals and Objectives
The primary goal of this project is to enhance teaching and learning in construction technology at IUPUI by the increasing use of information technology tools for improving
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Lucas, L., & Kim, C. (2005, June), A Development Of Wireless Exam Framework For Construction Technology Courses Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. https://peer.asee.org/14147
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