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Implementation and Use of a Web-Based Learning Environment

The case of Control Web
  • Juha Lindfors
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 167)

Abstract

University teaching has been under pressure to change in recent years due to the financial pressure to decrease resources, the need to keep the quality and quantity of education offered high, and to give due consideration to changes in technology and learning methods. One response to these pressures has been to study if it is possible to build a rational learning environment for Control Engineering using modern technology. It could make studying more efficient by enabling better follow-up of learning and the use of interactive functions. The development of a web-based learning environment for Control Engineering started from a simple model of learning theories and course content; the model was applied to the Control Engineering context, and the learning environment was developed and implemented. The implementation is referred to as Control Web. Functions were added to Control Web and tuned according to student feedback. Student feedback, and grades during the years 1993 to 2000 were analysed. According to the results, the system implemented has performed well. However, the explicit influence of using the web-based learning environment can be seen in only few cases. The results and experiences yield an enhanced model for developing a web-based learning environment.

Key words

Learning systems Internet higher education 

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Copyright information

© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Juha Lindfors
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  1. 1.Department of Research MethodologyUniversity of LaplandLaplandFinland

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