The role for E-learning in engineering education : creating quality support structures to complement traditional learning

Gudimetla, Prasad V. & Iyer, R. Mahalinga (2006) The role for E-learning in engineering education : creating quality support structures to complement traditional learning. In 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, 10-13 December 2006, Auckland, New Zealand.

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The use of information technology (IT) based e-learning has emerged as an all-pervasive complementary learning tool for undergraduate instruction in recent times. E-learning or web-based instruction is being rapidly embraced by most universities across the world as such media of instruction are economical, convenient and disbursable to a larger audience. IT-based engineering education is now an important profit market for universities from a socio-economic and political view point. Consequently, diverse models have been developed and implemented across various disciplines of engineering. However, these initiatives have been misaligned and not properly integrated with existing and the ever-changing IT infrastructure. In this paper, we identify the hurdles faced with adopting IT-based learning tools for the instruction of highly technical courses in Mechanical Engineering in the Faculty of Built Environment & Engineering, QUT. We propose some support structures that are required to improve upon the existing mechanisms to deliver better and improved e-learning content.

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ID Code: 5910
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: elearning, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 15 Jan 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2016 02:06

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