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Analysis Of Elaborated Adoption Processes To Identify The Optimal Strategy Of Learning

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Effective Learning Innovations in Civil Engineering Courses

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Civil Engineering

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12.239.1 - 12.239.13



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Heiko Merle Darmstadt University of Technology

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Joerg Lange Darmstadt University of Technology

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Analysis of elaborated adoption processes to identify the optimal strategy of learning


ELearning has raised great expectations and promises, which have not been reached by now. Both effectiveness and sustainability have not been accomplished in the anticipated degree. Engineers with their conservative teaching style are particularly critical on eLearning techniques. Two reasons for the negative esteem of eLearning will be shown in this paper.

Many experts anticipate that eLearning is growing as quick as information technology. But this is impossible due to the fact that the innovation speed of context free computer science is much higher than context associated learning and teaching software. A teacher needs three years to optimize his lecture and this does not correlate with the development cycle of computer science.

We can neither affirm nor negate, that the use of eLearning itself causes a learning process improvement. Alike traditional teaching, eLearning has to live through its own evolution process to reach a certain level of quality. This evolution has to take place in a slow speed. If the strategy is too revolutionary it is impossible to compare the evolutional step with the initial situation1.

Mountains Field of possible of quality adjustments

Figure 1: Improvement depending on causality

Figure 1 explains this problem. The center describes the initial situation. The outer circle describes the modification of the current situation. The bigger the diameter the more revolutionary is the system. The lower left circle describes the area, where an upgrade of the systems quality can be achieved. If change is too big the upgrading circle will be passed without improving the quality.

Here quality stands for an objective performance in terms of criteria defined by several quantity and/or quality characteristics. To improve the quality of eLearning systems in effective and sustainable manner, the following processes are necessary.

- Determination of quality criteria - protection by generative means - improvement by iterative means.

Merle, H., & Lange, J. (2007, June), Analysis Of Elaborated Adoption Processes To Identify The Optimal Strategy Of Learning Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2483

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