June 15, 1997
June 15, 1997
June 18, 1997
2.300.1 - 2.300.9
Multimedia Courseware For Customized Learning Environment
Michael Khader New Jersey Institute of Technology
Presenting technical materials in distance learning format is a challenging task for educators. Many technical type courses are offered in the familiar asynchronous distance learning format, which has been available for years. Fewer courses, however, are offered in the synchronous distance learning format in which the traditional classroom settings are extended beyond the existing confines of the walls of a campus to distant sites. Assessment of synchronous and asynchronous formats is underway. Until now samples from these distinct modes of deliver are statistically limited and more experiments are needed to prove how viable these options of learning are. We believe the jury is still out on the effectiveness each individual mode of delivery. We present an alternative experiment that builds on the strength found in each of the synchronous and asynchronous modes.
NJIT has a strong distance learning program that is being active for the past ten years. Within the program there are a number of developments under way including the virtual classroom, computer mediated learning, and the multimedia interactive lab- courseware. The focus of the project being presented is the integration of both the synchronous and asynchronous modes to form a new learning environment that can be customized o fit the need of each individual learner while maintaining the integrity of the learning experience.
The courses selected for this experience are of technical nature. Course selection criteria in this project include a hands-on component to explore the problems associated with offering lab-based courses in distance learning format . One of the courses selected is a C/C++ application programming offered to junior level students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. Although course includes an extensive set of project based hands-on work, it has a substantial theoretical component including algorithms and performance analysis. Currently, the course is offered in traditional setting in which the allotted time is divided into 2-hour lecture and 2-hour lab. It will be
Khader, M. (1997, June), Multimedia Courseware For Customized Learning Environment Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. https://peer.asee.org/6699
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