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Detection And Assessment Of Quality Indicators Of Visual Based Learning Material In Engineering Education Programs For Grades 7 12

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Assessment and Evaluation of Graphics Programs

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Engineering Design Graphics

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14.434.1 - 14.434.13



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Petros Katsioloudis Old Dominion University

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Petros Katsioloudis was born in Cyprus. He was educated in the United States where he received a Bachelors of Science degree in Science and Technology, a Masters of Education in Technology Education and a Doctoral Degree in Technology Education at North Carolina State University. Currently he is employed at Old Dominion University where he serves as an Assistant Professor, teaching various Technology Education courses and conducting research. Petros is also serving as the Ambassador of Cyprus to the International Technology Education Association.

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Detection and Assessment of Quality Indicators for Visual-Based Learning Material in Technology Education Programs for Grades 7-12


The purpose of this study was to detect the quality indicators of visual-based learning material in technology education for grades 7-12. A three-round modified Delphi method was used to answer the following research questions: RQ1: What indicators should quality visual-based learning material in technology education have to be effective and efficient in transmitting information for grades 7-12? RQ2: What are the indicators of the learner’s characteristics that impact the selection of visual-based learning material in technology education for grades 7-12?


In learning environments throughout education, the visual elements of courses, lessons, and presentations play an important role in learning. Well-conceived and rendered visuals help any audience understand and retain information (Wileman,14 ). The use of visual technology enhances learning by providing a better understanding of the topic as well as motivating the students (Clark & Mathews, 2 ) . Visualization methods are widely credited for simplifying the presentation of difficult subjects as well as aiding cognition; their use in the power engineering industry and education is enjoying significant growth (Idow, 7). Even though the success by which content visualization will facilitate the learner’s acquisition of information is related to the individual’s level of perceptual and associative learning in the content area, the individual must have sufficient experience and maturity to realize that using visualization is merely an attempt to represent reality vicariously (Dwyer, 5). Much of intended visual communication or self-expression is not perceived, or often misunderstood, especially if it is complex 8. In addition individual’s experience, the visualization itself plays an important role in the learning process.

If all visual-based learning materials were equally effective in facilitating student achievement of all kinds of educational objectives, there would virtually be no problem associated with this type of instruction (Dwyer, 5). However, this is not the case since there are many different types of visuals, differing in the amount of realistic detail they contain. At the present time, educators, when faced with a choice of selecting one type of visualization from an array of available materials, have no way of knowing whether one type of visual is any more effective than another in transmitting certain types of information (Dwyer, 5).

From past to current there is a lack of quantifiable measures of quality and benchmarks that will undermine information visualization advances, especially their evaluation and selection (Clayton, 3). The significance of this dilemma is brought into focus when one becomes aware of the amount of visual-based learning materials that are being used today in the private and public educational sector. As might be expected, the types of visual-based materials used for instructional purposes are the ones that have become most readily available. However, the

Katsioloudis, P. (2009, June), Detection And Assessment Of Quality Indicators Of Visual Based Learning Material In Engineering Education Programs For Grades 7 12 Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--4530

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