Towards pedagogically sound learning environments: The specification process
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The global process for designing educational software requires the integration of several domains and techniques onto a unifying support. Thus, Integrated Courseware Engineering Systems (ICES) satisfy Computer- Aided Learning principles, in particular by taking into account multimedia improvements, software engineering, artificial intelligence and Human- Computer Interface aspects.
They provide adequate means of cooperation between the various actors (pedagogues, instructors, software engineers, ...) thanks to specific methodologies based on prototyping (spiral life cycle) and thanks to capabilities of reuse and guiding within the global process.
We apply these general principles while focusing on a specific stage of educational software lifecycle: that of specification. The environment can enhance the capabilities of the pedagogues as they define the major aims of a piece of educational software through inferences on the formalized methodological framework and through the reuse of pedagogical components. The framework can be adapted according to different ways of teaching as we try to demonstrate with an example of teaching English for Specific Purposes.
TopicsNew technologies in Computer Aided Education Methodologies for inserting CAT/CAI in Engineering or Science Curricula Engineering & Scientific courseware development Principles/tools for instructional design
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