Development of an interactive computer-based learning strategy to assist in teaching water quality modelling

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Title Development of an interactive computer-based learning strategy to assist in teaching water quality modelling
Author Zigic, Sasha Alexander; Lemckert, Charles James
Journal Name Computers & Education
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publisher Elsevier Ltd
Abstract The following paper presents a computer-based learning strategy to assist in introducing and teaching water quality modelling to undergraduate civil engineering students. As part of the learning strategy, an interactive computer-based instructional (CBI) aid was specifically developed to assist students to set up, run and analyse the output from a commercially available water quality model (WQMAP) for a hypothetical raw sewage spill. The CBI aid comprised a Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) module with helpful text and still graphics, and links to on-screen recorded motion movie clips showing on-screen actions and voice narrations during the instructors absence. An anonymous class questionnaire to assess the students' perceptions of the developed approach found that most students felt they were able to complete the project with minimum supervision, and have acquired a basic understanding of water quality modelling as a result of the activity. Additionally, almost all of the students found the CBI aid helpful and easy to follow.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/347/description#description
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2006.01.011
Copyright Statement Copyright 2007 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 49
Issue Number 4
Page from 1246
Page to 1257
ISSN 0360-1315
Date Accessioned 2008-02-18
Date Available 2009-06-16T06:40:22Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Management
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Civil Engineering
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/17929
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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