Washington, District of Columbia
June 23, 1996
June 23, 1996
June 26, 1996
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DEVELOPMENT OF A CD-ROM ON THIN FILM TECHNOLOGIES: USABILITY ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION FROM A STUDENT PERSPECTIVE
I.I. Suni, S.M. Ross*, D.H. Rasmussen, and S.V. Babu Departments of Chemical Engineering and *Technical Communications, Center for Advanced Materials Processing, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY 13699
Our original proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) envisaged "the presentation, evaluation and dissemination of the themes" underlying thin film technologies "utilizing menu-driven, easily accessible, self-contained, interactive learning modules delivered in a CD-ROM format." Our expectation was that since the current generation of high school students will be exposed to multimedia technologies before entering college, CD-ROMs are ideally suited for future learning tasks and guided explorations." Our preliminary survey results from an unbiased sample of 45 undergraduate students who assessed the currently available CD-ROM version strongly validate the utility and benefits of our pedagogical approach to this highly technical and challenging material.
A paper presented by us at last year's NSF's panel at the ASEE annual meeting in Anaheim highlighted the essential features of our multimedia approach to the creation of the learning modules. Briefly, the modules consist of hypertext-connected, nested and multilayered templates comprised of appropriate text, graphics -both animation and video- and audio segments, with global searching and help and note taking capabilities. Press of a mouse button on `Hot Words' allowed access to the underlying multilayered, hidden hypertext text and graphics, facilitating a more detailed investigation of the topics on command by the user. This approach permits the student, the user, to explore the CD-ROM topics in any desired nonlinear fashion without loss of continuity. Appropriate icons available on the screen guide navigation across the pages.
Asymmetrix Corporation's Toolbook has been chosen as the authoring package. In spite of some limitations, it proved to be a viable and functional choice for this project. Toolbook allows the integration of animations, movies, hypertext, hyperlinks, graphics, notepads, problem solvers, etc. with relative ease. Currently, along with the PIs, four undergraduate and two graduate students combine their expertise in programming Windows, Toolbook, AutoCad, 3-D studio, Real 3d, 3DF/X, Visual Basic, Visual C++, Fortran and Digital Video Producer to integrate the multimedia project tasks into a package.
This paper describes further developments in the creation of the multimedia CD-ROM as well as the preliminary results of assessment of its usability by a group of sophomore undergraduate engineering students at Clarkson University. Understanding thin film technologies requires a fundamental knowledge of several aspects of materials science, thermodynamics and kinetics of deposition processes, and the chemistry and physics of the
1996 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
Babu, S., & Ross, S., & Suni, I., & Rasmussen, D. (1996, June), Development Of A Cd Rom On Thin Film Technologies: Usability Assessment And Evaluation From A Student Perspective Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. https://peer.asee.org/5979
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