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A Study Of Students’ Perceptions Of Computer Based Instruction In Introductory Thermodynamics Courses

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Issues in Computer Education

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8.123.1 - 8.123.14



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M. Sharma

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Session: 3420 (Computers in Education)

A Study of Students’ Perceptions of Computer-Based

Instruction in Introductory Thermodynamics Courses

M.P. Sharma1, Edward E. Anderson2, and Roman Taraban3

1 Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering University of Wyoming Laramie, WY 82071-3295

2 Department of Mechanical Engineering Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX 79409-1021

3 Department of Psychology Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX 79409-2051


While education processes in all disciplines are experiencing some paradigm shifts with the recent advent and rapid advances made in the technology of designing, developing, and delivering Computer-Based-Instruction (CBI), engineering education, in particular, is entering a new and challenging phase. One of our biggest challenges is integrating CBI technologies (CD-ROM, World Wide Web/Internet, Online Synchronous/Asynchronous, Compressed Video, and hybrids of these tools) and assessing the effectiveness of their integration on teaching and learning by students in terms of depth of knowledge learned, dexterity/skill of problem solving, motivation/attitude, achievement, and retention of knowledge. Researchers of teaching and learning phenomena and processes, and educational psychologists, are investigating these phenomena based on different perspectives, theories, and hypotheses. Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the authors of this paper have developed computer-based- instruction modules for an introductory thermodynamics course that incorporate active learning exercises within them. These techniques include interactive exercises, immediate feedback, graphical modeling, physical world simulation, and dynamic animations and exploration. The CBI modules employed interactive multimedia modules (CD-ROM and Online Teaching-Learning-

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Sharma, M. (2003, June), A Study Of Students’ Perceptions Of Computer Based Instruction In Introductory Thermodynamics Courses Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12069

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