Evaluation of courseware and learning environments in an electromagnetics course enhanced by computer assisted instruction

Cristina Martín i Batlle, Imme de Bruijn, Frits F.M. de Mul

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    Abstract

    At the University of Twente the first year electromagnetism course has been restructured. A web-based course consisting of different exercises (most of them using a link with Maple) and PowerPoint presentations has been developed to support existing lessons. The aim of these changes is to enhance student’s performance, by integrating mathematical knowledge and skills into a Physics course.
    The students following the Electromagnetics course were surveyed about their views concerning two main aspects. On the one hand learning environment preferences and effectiveness were evaluated. On the other hand, the courseware was widely surveyed.
    Two study patterns can be distinguished: that based on lectures and tutorials, and the self study system based on studying from the book and worked out problems. Attitudes related to computer use can not be significantly correlated with any of the above mentioned study patterns. Most students considered the courseware as a complement to a normal course and not as a substitute. Students think that doing the exercises by means of the courseware resulted in more elaborated and documented work.
    The courseware survey found that students are generally satisfied with the user interface and the exercise selection, although half of the students admitted having trouble with the strictness that a symbolic language as Maple requires.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationComputer based learning in science
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings an international conference, 7 July - 12 July 2001
    EditorsGraham M. Chapman
    Place of PublicationOstrava
    PublisherPedagogical Faculty of University of Ostrava
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)9788070421802
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2001
    EventInternational Conference on Computer Based Learning in Science, CBLIS 2001 - Masaryk University, Faculty of Education, Brno, Czech Republic
    Duration: 7 Jul 200112 Jul 2001

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on Computer Based Learning in Science, CBLIS 2001
    Abbreviated titleCBLIS
    CountryCzech Republic
    CityBrno
    Period7/07/0112/07/01

    Keywords

    • Evaluation
    • Computer Assisted Instruction
    • Learning environment
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
    • Electromagnetism
    • Problem solving

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    Martín i Batlle, C., de Bruijn, I., & de Mul, F. F. M. (2001). Evaluation of courseware and learning environments in an electromagnetics course enhanced by computer assisted instruction. In G. M. Chapman (Ed.), Computer based learning in science: proceedings an international conference, 7 July - 12 July 2001 Ostrava: Pedagogical Faculty of University of Ostrava.