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EdTech2004: The Fifth Annual Irish Educational Technology Users' Conference

  • Institute of Technology Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland
  • 3rd and 4th June, 2004
edtech 2004
EdTech 2004

An Overview of Learner’s Experiences using Blended Learning Techniques in Engineering Applications

Cathal McHugo, Kevin Johnson and Timothy Hall.

University of Limerick

who am i
Who am I ?
  • Cathal McHugo.
  • Research Masters student with the EMRC.
  • What is the EMRC ?
emrc what we do
EMRC, what we do.
  • We aim to provide:
    • Evaluate and support for the use of computer based training tools.
    • Maximise the use of “off the shelf” tools and materials.
    • Collaborate with partners in EU and other programmes in computer based learning.
blended learning
Blended Learning.
  • Welcoming alternative to traditional methods.
  • Adds flexibility to learning environment.
  • Students need to be highly motivated.
  • Communication is a key factor.
  • Combination of asynchronous self study and face to face teaching
project background information
Project Background Information.
  • Phoenix Project.
    • Based on software re-usability techniques.
    • Allows structuring of content, e.g Different course design.
    • Upload content capabilities.
    • Features browse capabilities.
project background information1
Project Background Information..
  • Electronic Production Module
    • Module taken by third year Electronics Systems class.
    • First time to partake in any form of online learning.
    • Module required three technical reports to be produced.
    • Aim of project was to produce a set of class notes.
project background information2
Project Background Information…
  • Use of Blended Learning Approach.
    • Assistance available if needed.
    • Lab time acquired for easy access to website.
    • All Material Available online.
project background information3
Project Background Information….
  • Main Aims.
    • Obtain Information on an individual basis.
    • Enhance Research skills.
    • Improve ability to work alone.
course development implementation
Course Development/Implementation.
  • Website Construction.
    • Ease of navigation.
    • Required functionality.
    • Accessibility issues.
    • Individual student tracking.
student thoughts feedback
Student Thoughts/Feedback.
  • Student Reaction to blended learning techniques.
    • More interest in individual interaction rather than group interaction.
    • Encouraged active personal tutoring.
    • Need for high Motivation.
student thoughts feedback1
Student Thoughts/feedback.
  • Student participation during the course of the module.
student thoughts feedback2
Student Thoughts/feedback..
  • Actual student login times.
student thoughts feedback3
Student Thoughts/feedback…
  • Student interaction with the website.
student thoughts feedback4
Student Thoughts/feedback….
  • Student views on the website.
website improvements
Website Improvements.
  • Possible improvements/enhancements.
    • File size for uploading.
    • More sample material.
    • Comments on assignments.
    • Email notification.
    • Website search engine.
questions and answers
Questions and Answers
  • Useful links.
    • My contact details: Cathal.McHugo@ul.ie
    • Electronic Production website: http://phoenix.ul.ie/ET4214
    • Phoenix website: http://phoenix.ul.ie
    • EMRC: http://emrc.ul.ie
    • ECE Department: http://www.ul.ie/~informat/ece.php