June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Computers in Education
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E-book system evaluation of learning effectiveness and behaviors - a case of embedded system course In many non-English-speaking countries, reading professional English books is adifficult and challenging problem for those freshmen in universities, especially in therelated departments of engineering involving a great deal of professional technologiesand complexity theories. It needs to spend a lot of time to check those vocabularies andunderstand contents for the first contact with the books of original version (Lee & Good,2003; Lin, 2003; Zhang, Gao & Yang, 1996). With the prevalence of e-books, therehave been many studies to explore the potential application of e-books in education(Bennett, 2011; Korat, 2010; Shamir & Shlafer, 2011). In their research, a variety ofassistant tools developed in e-books have been proved to effectively enhance readingcomprehensions and further improve learning outcomes (Korat, 2010; Korat & Shamir,2008; Woody et al., 2010). This study tries to explore the potential application of e-books to learningengineering, where an interactive e-book learning system is built for an embeddedsystem course. In addition to providing general auxiliary functions, the e-book learningsystem also provides different ways of reading such as peed reading, intensive readingand main concept reading, and supply a comprehensive dictionary for embeddedsystems terminologies to give learners insight of the domain knowledge dictionary forexplanation knowledge. Besides, it also provides a variety of multimedia annotationfunctions to meet the needs of learners. The learning process of learners would berecorded on the back-end database which allows the learners to understand the self-learning track for facilitating future review and relevant analysis. The participants inthe experiment were randomly divided into two groups in a class. The control groupadopted the traditional way of teaching, whereas the experimental group introduced e-book learning system into course activities for assisted learning. According to theresults of statistical analysis, the learning performance of the experimental group wassignificantly higher than that of the control group. Furthermore, based on the portfolioanalysis of the experimental group, the frequency of checking the dictionary graduallyreduced over the time; revealing that the system could effectively enhance the learners'ability of reading comprehension.ReferenceBennett, L. (2011). Ten years of e-books: a review. Learned Publishing, 24(3), 222.Korat, O. (2010). Reading electronic books as a support for vocabulary, story comprehension and word reading in kindergarten and first grade. Computers & Education, 55(1), 24-31.Korat, O., & Shamir, A. (2008). The educational electronic book as a tool for supporting children's emergent literacy in low versus middle SES groups. Computers & Education, 50(1), 110-124.Lee, M., & Good, R. L. (2003). Making English reading easier for engineering students—Exploring the effects of reducing vocabulary processing load on EFL learners’ comprehension of scientific texts. Paper presented at the meeting of the Foreign Language Application Study in 2003, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Kaohsiung.Lin, W. T. (2003). A study of TVES [Technical and Vocational Education System] college students’ vocabulary size and the vocabulary of their English field-specific textbooks. Unpublished master’s thesis, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Yunlin, Taiwan, Republic of China.Shamir, A., & Shlafer, I. (2011). E-books effectiveness in promoting phonological awareness and concept about print: A comparison between children at risk for learning disabilities and typically developing kindergarteners. Computers & Education, 57(3), 1989-1997.Woody, W. D., Daniel, D. B., & Baker, C. A. (2010). E-books or textbooks: Students prefer textbooks. Computers & Education, 55(3), 945-948.Zhang, H., Gao, M. Y., & Yang, C. H. (1996). A study of the use of the content-area English textbooks in junior colleges: From the aspect of content-area teachers. The Eleventh Technological and Vocational Education Conference of the Republic of China (pp. 291-300). Kaohsiung: Kaohsiung Municipal Chung Cheng High School.
Wu, T., & Shadiev, R., & Huang, Y. R., & Lai, C. (2015, June), Application of an E-book System in an Embedded System Course: Exploring Learning Effectiveness and Behaviors Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23559
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