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Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training, 2004. ITHET 2004. Proceedings of the FIfth International Conference on

Date 31 May-2 June 2004

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  • Learning from profession memories

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 567 - 571
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    Knowledge management is a global process in the company. It includes all the processes that allow capitalization, sharing and evolution of the knowledge capital of the firm, now recognized as a critical resource of the organization. Several approaches have been defined to capitalize knowledge but few of them study the appropriation of that knowledge. We develop on this paper, techniques, based on knowledge and educational engineering, to enhance knowledge reuse in an organization. This knowledge is structured as profession memories. View full abstract»

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  • New perspectives on teaching and learning software systems development in large groups

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 409 - 414
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    This paper outlines perspectives on the teaching and learning of software systems development in large groups based on the designed, final year, software systems analysis (SSA) and software systems design (SSD) subjects within the undergraduate Software Engineering Program at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Topics described by this paper include shared experiences in implementing these subjects over the last two years and discusses their successes, as well as common problems both experienced and anticipated. While the SSA and SSD subjects are practice based, its content is the synthesis of all subjects taught in the Software Engineering Program and practiced in industrial internships. The object of these two subjects is to bridge the gap between the students' individualistic, often unplanned, unbudgeted and uncoordinated efforts, that dominate the traditional approach to teaching and learning software subjects; and the demands of planned, process driven, well coordinated and budgeted - modern, large team based development of complex software systems, demanded by industry. The subjects are evolutionary in nature, but the most critical aspect and challenge is to maintain a careful balance of academic and pedagogical interests with ever changing industry demands and practices. View full abstract»

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  • The use of equivalent electronic circuits in physiology teaching

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 593 - 597
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    This paper is a report on a new approach in physiology teaching for medical students. The aim is to promote qualitative as well as quantitative analog thinking about time-dependent physiological processes. Therefore, the concept of equivalent electronic circuits is introduced. Simulation of creatinine distribution within body compartments and its excretion is described by equivalent electronic circuits. Examples of additional simulations are presented and finally, students' approach to working with these simulations is explained. View full abstract»

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  • Development and implementation of a multi-specialty advanced capstone design course

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 425 - 428
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    This work reports on an advanced capstone design course, developed and offered for the first time at the University of Maryland in Fall 2003. This course was shaped to provide an enhanced senior design experience. We explore our aims in the planning of the course and relate the outcome of the successful pilot run. Using student comments and our own observations, we also detail our intentions for improvement in the design and implementation of the course. View full abstract»

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  • Automated archive of the lectures by MPEG2 over intranetwork in Hiroshima University

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 437 - 442
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    On April 2002, we have established the automated electronic archive of two-way TV lecture system at Hiroshima University and archived 600 lectures in 4Mbps MPEG2 format and 1Mbps MPEG4 format. Also we have archived 50 conventional one-room lectures and special discourse taken by DV cameras. The two-way TV lecture is typical example of hi-cost and hi-quality resource, and DV shooting of conventional lectures is the counterpoint. We compare them as e-learning resource. View full abstract»

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  • Online examinations in an academic environment: a case study at Charles Sturt University

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 331 - 336
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    This work examines quality and workload issues involved in the design and implementation of online examinations in a set of postgraduate information technology courses. It reports on the processes that led to the initial efforts to undertake this endeavour at Charles Sturt University, one of the leading distance education providers in Australia and a university that has partner campuses in nearly 30 countries around the world. It discusses the opportunities that exist to make changes to the examination process which, in the medium term, so radically alter it, that it is unrecognisable from its predecessors, yet deliver a pedagogically more acceptable and an administratively more efficient product. View full abstract»

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  • Cognitive aspects in a project-based course in software engineering

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 353 - 359
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    This work presents an original approach for identifying and analyzing cognitive aspects specific to artifacts creation in the context of a senior-level project-course. We analyzed the effort spent by student teams on each specific artifact meant for two different processes carried on in parallel: UPEDU (unified process for education) - the traditional activity-role-artifact based methodology and XP (extreme programming) - an agile methodology. For this purpose we extend the notion of mental model to software process and we propose to consider the terms of mental artifact and physical artifact. Even though the two used processes are very different, our results show that the same effort is spent on mental artifacts as on physical artifacts, in the context of both processes. The comparison results may allow a better understanding of students' cognitive behavior, in order to designate the required actions for improving academic projects. View full abstract»

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  • E-learning environment in the area of digital microelectronics

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 278 - 283
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    This work presents a new teaching concept with, subsequently, a method that combines training and research activities in a common environment. It is developed in the frame of a cooperative project supported by the European Union, called "REASON - Research and Training Action for System on Chip Design". For teaching the advanced topic of design of digital microelectronics we developed a research training environment supporting different research scenarios. These scenarios support analytical and synthetical research. In the paper, we present some examples of research directions and the conception of the research training environment. View full abstract»

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  • Managing practicum program in the digital era: a case study of Universiti Utara Malaysia

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 455 - 458
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    The purpose of this paper is to share the experience of the Center for Industrial Placement (CIP), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) in managing practicum program since early 1990s. Special focus is made on the use of information technology in assisting the whole CIP's administration. In particular, the discussion addresses some questions, which are what are the current major activities supported and unsupported by information technology and how these supported technologies can be enhanced in term of their features and functions. In order to suggest possible improvements, discussion among management team and an analyst programmer and think-aloud usability testing were conducted with all key personnel in the department. View full abstract»

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  • Cognitive tools for assessing design knowledge and skills

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 37 - 42
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    While design is central to education in many disciplines such as engineering and architecture, the assessment of design knowledge and skills continues to be a challenge to the educators. This work considers two graph-based tools (concept maps and justified graphs) for design assessment. By reviewing the uses of these tools for assessment in engineering and architecture design education, it is attempted to determine whether they meet the requirements for assessment of design knowledge and skills. View full abstract»

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  • Profiling and tutoring users in virtual campus

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 256 - 262
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    Virtual campus is a research project which aims to provide a comprehensive and innovative e-learning environment for authoring, fruition and tutoring. The paper introduces TVM, the tutoring module developed for virtual campus. TVM tracks the learners' behavior within the virtual campus environment and defines a user model (based on Bayesian networks) in terms of learning attitudes, efficiency of learning strategies, and attitude to cooperation and communication. Derived information is used to build and make available graphical reports to learners and teachers. Moreover TVM, relying on fuzzy logics, exploits the user model to support learners' choices making suggestions which take into account the style, the behavior and the results obtained in the past. View full abstract»

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  • Organization of learner's knowledge on basic concepts in computer literacy

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 312 - 315
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    We investigate how the learner's properties influence organization of learner's knowledge on basic concepts by analyzing data of a survey. The survey is performed for science major students and nonscience major students. The learner's properties, learning motivation and cognitive style, and organization of knowledge on several basic concepts are observed in the survey. The analysis explicates that students with the style of the bottom-up processing tend to form hierarchical organizations if they are knowledge-oriented in the course and nonhierarchical organizations if they are only interested in how to use computers. The result is independent from students' majors. On the other hand, there is a different conclusion for students with the style of the top-down processing. We suggest that curriculums in computer literacy education should be designed according to learner's properties. View full abstract»

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  • Preparing engineering students for the international virtual workplace

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 365 - 370
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    The "workplace" for engineering is increasingly at the interface of three environments: the virtual environment, in which designs can be created and explored, with activities that range from interaction via the Internet to 3D visualization and immersion in alternative designs of engineered systems; the product realization environment, in which physical embodiments of designs can be produced and evaluated; and the human environment, in which people work together in face-to-face and virtual teams, the latter often internationally dispersed, to design and implement products and processes. Functioning at the interface of these environments is a challenge that must be met by engineering graduates. We discuss how Stevens is addressing this and also considers issues concerning virtual student teams. View full abstract»

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  • A new model for using data mining technology in higher educational systems

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 319 - 324
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    Quality in higher educational systems has been placed squarely on the contemporary agenda. Nowadays, it can be observed that higher educational systems have encountered many challenges which prevent them to achieve their quality objectives. Some of these problems stem from the knowledge gap in higher educational operational and business processes. Knowledge gap is the lack of enough and deep knowledge at educational processes such as planning, evaluation and counseling. The main idea in This work is that the hidden patterns, associations, and anomalies that are discovered by data mining techniques can help bridging this knowledge gap in higher educational systems. We present and justify the capabilities of data mining technology in the context of higher educational system by proposing a model for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the higher educational process. Higher educational institutes can use this model to identify which part of their processes can be improved by data mining technology and how they can achieve this goal. View full abstract»

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  • E-mentoring: a novel approach in the use of technology in education

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 183 - 186
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    Education technology is changing the way we learn. Since we are not any more concerned with the transfer of information, we believe that mentoring can enhance the education process. The emphasis should be on motivation. The relations developed should assure a life long perspective for the learner. In order to make this relation of benefit to all parties we need the cooperation of all the stakeholders in education. Our recent experience shows that technology can bridge the communication gap between the instructor and learner. The paper covers a theoretical background to education, recent developments and case studies where the importance of mentoring is exposed. View full abstract»

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  • Survey report of teacher's attitude toward educational knowledge circulation

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 48 - 53
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    The purpose of this study is to investigate the needs of educational practitioners as well as potential problems regarding educational knowledge management, through which learning and pedagogical resources are shared on the World Wide Web (WWW). We administered a questionnaire survey to all fulltime teachers of three elementary schools and a high school. The results revealed the need for sharing of educational knowledge as well as some potential problems such as unfamiliarity with personal computers, negative attitudes toward making lesson plans, anxiety regarding privacy protection, resistance to mutual evaluations of knowledge, and undeveloped give-and-take relationships. View full abstract»

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  • Driving the learning: microprocessors from theory to practice

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 459 - 462
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    In this work we present the methodology applied in the microprocessor course of the computer engineering program at UnicenP. The methodology aims to drive the student from the theory concepts to the laboratory practice. We describes the use of several tools as the hardware description language for modeling microprocessors and microcomputers systems and its FPGA implementations, microcontroller experiments based on proto-o-board assemblies and electronic kits, previously developed in the computer engineering program. View full abstract»

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  • Contribution of new technologies to interaction management in a class

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 192 - 197
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    This work presents how new technologies including wireless devices may improve the interaction management in face-to-face learning. The hardware and software required to implement new pedagogical functionalities are presented. We focus our study on different layers of annotation, aggregation of students responses and uses of collaborative learning tools. An experiment schedule and the first results are presented in order to study the feasibility and interest of our approach in higher education. View full abstract»

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  • Tutor follow-up of a distance collective activity

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 54 - 59
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    This work presents the tutor's difficulties when he follows a distance collective activity, in particular, those related to the perception of the individual work in a collective activity. We present our model of follow-up of a distance collective activity: we have divided this follow-up into the individual follow-up of the learners, and the follow-up of the collective activity. Then, from the characteristics of collective activities in the literature, we propose solutions to facilitate the tutor's perception of the collective activities, and we propose a model of organization of a collective activity: it is based on an organization in stages, subsidiary-stages and phases (individual and collective phases). The model of follow-up and the model of distance collective activity are linked through productions and discussions resulting from individual and collective work. From those models, we have implemented a learning environment which supports a collective activity in the learning field of French as a foreign language, and an environment of follow-up of this activity. We have tested these two environments. View full abstract»

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  • The construction of Web-based portfolio system

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 284 - 286
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    Portfolio-assessment refers to a process that involves the targeted collection of a student's work and the utilization of this piecemeal record to illustrate how hard a student works and the process by which said student grows and matures. A successful portfolio requires students themselves, instructors, and peer spend considerable effort to participate activity. To facilitate portfolio process, a Web-based portfolio system WebPor based on the concept of portfolio- and peer-assessment is presented in this paper. WebPor consists of a Web-based peer-assessment segment called NetPea, a learning by discussion segment, and a Web storage facility. The developed system has been implemented at an Institute of Technology in Taiwan, the result shows it achieves effectiveness significantly. View full abstract»

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  • Transformation of an engineering management program to encompass distance learning needs

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 60 - 62
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    This work describes the transformation of the graduate engineering management program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) from a convention graduate program to a responsive program that couples campus-based courses with distance learning in a seamless manner. This transformation addressed increasing demands locally and regionally for balancing pressure for life-long learning with demand from work and personal lives. Current research is aimed as evaluating the effectiveness of this transformation in meeting needs of employers and their employees and the perception and support within the community for the new program. View full abstract»

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  • The effect of the educational system for the School of Information Environment

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 587 - 592
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    The School of Information Environment at Tokyo Denki University launched its programs in April 2001. Approximately 900 students are studying on this campus. The core educational, features of the School of Information Environment are totally based upon new concepts. It has been pointed out in recent years that the target of students' focus and motivation has decreased at the time of their entrance to the university. To improve such motivation, our students create their own graduation timelines in the School of Information Environment. We describe effects of an educational system for the School of Information Environment. View full abstract»

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  • Rapid product development data management education for small and medium size enterprises

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 556 - 559
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    This paper details changes to coursework and laboratory exercises designed to integrate data management techniques into a Computer Aided Product Development (CAPD) teaching program by addressing crucial issues arising from the past and recent course developments. The revised program sought to increase students' knowledge of the tools and methodologies used for the management of product data generated in computer aided product development projects. In addition, a crucial undertaking to help realise the ongoing refinement and development of the CAPD course content is reported. This takes the form of a novel student survey which is conducted during the student's first period of full time industrial employment. View full abstract»

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  • The influence of workload characterization in the performance analysis of telecollaboration

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 287 - 292
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    The telecollaboration (TC) business system is an important class of emerging applications that is spawning new challenges in achieving the desired levels of performance. One important implication in identifying and characterizing the properties of TC system implementations is that performance evaluation should no longer be isolated and viewed as a separate analytic activity. Instead, we require a physical and logical understanding of the complex quality issues that affect overall performance of applications, systems and network infrastructures. As one of the natural artifacts of this practice, a workload model are developed to characterize a TC system. We demonstrate how such an analysis may result in characterization of workload behavior, and that in turn lead to definition of efficient analytical model parameters, network invariants and use of relevant quality metrics. The study of underlying issues of telecollaboration quality of service (TQoS) within the context of TC could have positive impacts on performance analysis and traffic control, if the analytical modeling used remains consistent and effective in describing the Web-based environments. View full abstract»

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  • Tool of structural analysis and navigational view for Web educational material

    Publication Year: 2004 , Page(s): 25 - 31
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    We propose a tool for the structural analysis of Web documentation. We employed the non-well-founded set theory and developed n-reduction for detecting irregularities and anomalies in the structure of Web educational materials. We applied the tool to the actual Web educational materials in use and succeeded in finding out several irregular links and creating outline of structure. View full abstract»

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