June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Computing & Information Technology
24.1203.1 - 24.1203.17
The Effect of Feedback Mechanisms on Students’ Learning in the Use of Simulation-based IT Training in a Computer Engineering Program ABSTRACT Feedback is a vital element for improving student learning in a simulation-based trainingas it guides and refines learning through scaffolding. A number of studies in literature haveshown that students’ learning is enhanced when feedback is provided with personalized tutoringthat offers specific guidance and adapts feedback to the learner in a one-to-one environment.Thus, emulating these adaptive aspects of human tutoring in simulation provides an effectivemethodology to train individuals. This paper presents the results of a study that investigated the effectiveness of automatingdifferent types of feedback techniques such as Knowledge-of-Correct-Response (KCR) andAnswer-Until-Correct (AUC) in software simulation for learning basic information technologyconcepts. For the purpose of comparison, techniques like simulation with zero or no-feedback(NFB) and traditional hands-on (HON) learning environments are also examined. The paper presents the summary of findings based on quantitative analyses which revealthat the simulation based instructional strategies are at least as effective as hands-on teachingmethodologies for the purpose of learning of IT concepts. The paper also compares the results ofthe study with the earlier studies and recommends strategies for using feedback mechanism toimprove students’ learning in designing and simulation-based IT training.
Ghani, U., & Khan, A. S. (2014, June), The Effect of Feedback Mechanisms on Students’ Learning in the Use of Simulation-based IT Training in a Computer Networking Program Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23136
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