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Factors That Influence Successful Online Teaching And Learning Programs In Technical Computer Science Subjects, Yuwanuch Gulatee, Justin Brown, Barbara Combes Jan 2008

Factors That Influence Successful Online Teaching And Learning Programs In Technical Computer Science Subjects, Yuwanuch Gulatee, Justin Brown, Barbara Combes

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Since the mid to late 1990s, the World Wide Web has been used as a distributed learning mechanism, enhancing the digital learning environment to support distance and on-campus students. Web technology has been adopted to assist learners with real-time studying at a distance. Consequently, Web delivery has grown rapidly and has been used as a vehicle for learning. Many universities have developed wholly online distance education programs. These changes in distance education have been developed in an attempt to provide easier access to educational opportunities for students who are located remotely from the university, who are working or who have ...


Educational Innovation In An International Setting, E.A. De Jong Jan 2008

Educational Innovation In An International Setting, E.A. De Jong

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How to make innovations in education at an Institute of Higher Education with a target audience from 60 different countries and as many different educational backgrounds? This paper discusses the educational innovations at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands. This UN institute, located in The Netherlands, offers Master and PhD programmes to mainly people from developing countries and countries in transition. Because of its UN-status and its special target group it is different from regular universities. To keep abreast of new technologies and educational developments, and to keep its programmes attractive for prospective students, the institute has ...


The Development Of An Adaptive Model Of Competence For The Electronics Industry In Thailand, Wisuit Sunthonkanokpong, Kalayanee Jitgarun, Weerachai Chaokumnerd Jan 2008

The Development Of An Adaptive Model Of Competence For The Electronics Industry In Thailand, Wisuit Sunthonkanokpong, Kalayanee Jitgarun, Weerachai Chaokumnerd

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The purpose of this research was to develop an adaptive model of competency development for the electronics industry in Thailand. The study involved a questionnaire, interviews and observations. Eighty nine individuals completed the questionnaire. Interviews were conducted with 10 managers with high experience in competency development from five renowned companies which practiced competency development. Observation was conducted in the five companies. Our adaptive model consists of the following elements: (1) five electronics competency levels which can be compared to Thailand Vocational Qualification, (2) competencies development, and (3) a training model. The training model was composed of a training program, training ...


Factors Affecting Team-Based Learning In Industrial Education: Thai Instructors‟ Perspectives, Thanongsak Sovajassatakul, Kalayanee Jitgarun, Raveewan Shinatrakool Jan 2008

Factors Affecting Team-Based Learning In Industrial Education: Thai Instructors‟ Perspectives, Thanongsak Sovajassatakul, Kalayanee Jitgarun, Raveewan Shinatrakool

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This study was conducted to explore instructors‘ perspectives of factors affecting Team-Based Learning (TBL). We administered a likert-style questionnaire with a seven-point rating scale to 153 instructors from six Faculties of Industrial Education throughout Thailand. The questionnaire‘s content validity was examined by five experts. Its reliability calculated by Cronbach Alpha Coefficient was 0.94. We identified six factors as follows: (1) Knowledge and Comprehension (2) Objectives of Learners‘ Readiness (3) ―Don‘t Do‖ Activities (4) Teaching and Learning Activities (5) Roles of Instructor and Learners (6) Principles and Planning of TBL. In general, our results suggest that TBL requires ...


Postgraduate Students And Critical Thinking: Some Validation, Mike Johnstone Jan 2008

Postgraduate Students And Critical Thinking: Some Validation, Mike Johnstone

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Sustainability in higher education is an interesting idea because the nature of the concept changes depending on the viewpoint of the stakeholder. For an academic, a key aspect of sustainability is about facilitating life-long learning. One way to do that is to provide students with opportunities to think for themselves and to nurture that ability. This paper describes the second stage of a research programme whose focus was critical thinking (CT) and explores how information technology (IT) Masters-level students model problems. Results from a prior study suggested that IT students appear to improve their problem-solving ability by undertaking structured CT ...


Construction Of An Automotive Technology Competency Analysis Profile For Training Undergraduate Students: A Case Study Of Automotive Body Electrical Technology Systems, Weerayute Sudsomboon Jan 2008

Construction Of An Automotive Technology Competency Analysis Profile For Training Undergraduate Students: A Case Study Of Automotive Body Electrical Technology Systems, Weerayute Sudsomboon

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The purposes of this study was to construct an automotive technology competency analysis profile for training undergraduate students of Mechanical Technology Education program at King Mongkut‘s University of Technology Thonburi and to identify the tasks list of automotive body electrical technology systems. The qualitative and quantitative data was collected through observations, in-depth interviews, document analysis, and DACUM (Developing a Curriculum) job analysis process with 17 training instructors from 12 well-known car automobile companies in Thailand. The triangulation method was referred to validate an automotive technology competency analysis profile. The results of this study indicated that were 7 job duties ...


Research-Based Teaching At Universities: A Case Study Of Kmutt, Wipawee Iemworamate Jan 2008

Research-Based Teaching At Universities: A Case Study Of Kmutt, Wipawee Iemworamate

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Traditionally, university teaching is predominantly lecture-based. An alternative approach to teaching is research-based teaching in which teachers change their roles to mentors and students change their roles to researchers. This study compares students‘ evaluations of the two approaches. The hypothesis of the study is that students taught with a research-based approach were likely to evaluate the teaching higher than those students taught with a lecture-based one. The subject population were students enrolled at King Mongkut‘s University of Technology Thonburi, which primarily focuses on science and technology. The subject samples were undergraduate students enrolled in two social studies courses, taught ...


Bridging The Theory To Practice Gap Using Performance Based Simulation, Christopher Churchouse, Cobie Rudd Jan 2008

Bridging The Theory To Practice Gap Using Performance Based Simulation, Christopher Churchouse, Cobie Rudd

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Simulation is a technique, not a technology, to replace or amplify real experiences with guided experiences, often immersive in nature, that evoke or replicate substantial aspects of the real world in a fully interactive fashion. (Gaba, 2004). There has been a growing acceptance on the use of simulation in teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), cardiology skills, anaesthesia skills, and crisis management largely focusing on responding to physiological events. However its use in other health and education arenas is less common due to their complexity of characterisation. There are a number of reasons for this: Complex performance based scenarios can be difficult ...


A New Perspective For Quality Improvement In Teaching And Learning Processes, Boon Han Yeap Jan 2008

A New Perspective For Quality Improvement In Teaching And Learning Processes, Boon Han Yeap

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Education has always been facing the challenge in ensuring that the quality of teaching and learning takes place effectively. One possible path for improving the quality of education lies in the application of a Quality Management approach as has been used in Industries, to the teaching and learning process. This paper adopts and uses the principles from one of the Quality Management methods, Total Quality Management as the pedagogical methodology and improved framework in managing, scrutinizing and enhancing the quality of teaching and learning practices in higher education. The paper focuses on the limited application areas of specific key components ...


Educating Using An Information System As A Cognitive Tool, Richard Fulford Jan 2008

Educating Using An Information System As A Cognitive Tool, Richard Fulford

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This paper discusses the effective education of internal and external students, concerning business processes and principles, using an enterprise resource planning application as a cognitive tool. The teachings explain a number of core business principles and develop students understanding of how the processes might vary between organisations in differing industries and environmental settings. The students establish the processes in an enterprise resource planning application, which reinforces the understanding of both operational activities and business management requirements. A cohort of students has been surveyed; the findings demonstrate that education using an enterprise resource planning application as an interactive learning system is ...


Embedding Indigenous Content Into Qualitative Research In Psychology In Reflective Case Studies: A Case For Social Change, Andrew Guilfoyle Jan 2008

Embedding Indigenous Content Into Qualitative Research In Psychology In Reflective Case Studies: A Case For Social Change, Andrew Guilfoyle

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Australian universities recognise cultural competency as an essential attribute for graduates. Within this context, The Australian Psychology Accreditation Committee (APAC) has enforced requirements for students within psychology programmes to have access to Indigenous content. Though Indigenous participation rates are low, the inclusion of Indigenous content or what is often labeled ‗Indigenous psychology‘ acts at least as a symbolic gesture and important step forward in reconciling the massively disadvantaged position of Indigenous Australians. However there is little to date in that way of guides to help develop appropriate teaching methods to include such content more substantially in programmes. This paper reflects ...


Fostering Students' Self Assessment Skills For Sustainable Learning, Kalayanee Singh, J Terry Jan 2008

Fostering Students' Self Assessment Skills For Sustainable Learning, Kalayanee Singh, J Terry

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Enhancing academic quality and the employability of graduates are among the most frequently mentioned driving forces behind global higher education improvement initiatives for the past two decades (Garfield 1994; Gibbs 1999; Harvey and Green 1994; Reichart and Tauch 2003; Edwards 1997). This has contributed to shifts in teaching, learning and assessment practices to enhance students‘ academic competencies and generic attributes as compatible goals of higher education and employers. Consequently the role of assessment of student learning in higher education is continually being broadened to contribute to sustainable learning.


E-Learning Methods As A Driver For The Internationalisation Of Web Development Courses, Justin Brown Jan 2008

E-Learning Methods As A Driver For The Internationalisation Of Web Development Courses, Justin Brown

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Over the past decade, as software development has moved from a platform specific, desktop based software approach to a web focused environment, the ability to develop courses for wider delivery has increased. At the same time university courses have undergone major changes in teaching mode, with an expectation that online versions of teaching materials should be delivered as readily and to the same quality as in-class materials. This paper examines how the re-development of course materials to support online (off-campus) students as well as on campus students provides an opportunity to deliver those same materials to overseas partners. This is ...


My Media Trainer: An Innovative, Interactive Resource To Ensure Sustainability In The Training Of Media Professionals, Wendy Chalmers, Martin Hadlow, Ingrid Jackson, Shannon Johnston Jan 2008

My Media Trainer: An Innovative, Interactive Resource To Ensure Sustainability In The Training Of Media Professionals, Wendy Chalmers, Martin Hadlow, Ingrid Jackson, Shannon Johnston

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Communication and media play a crucial role in both message delivery and the empowerment of people in their own development processes. UNESCO has been actively engaged in trying to build capacity among media professionals to equip them with training in sensitivity to issues, the different formats that they can use to disseminate information, and how best to get the information to the people who are most affected by it (Khan, 2008). One of the challenges of educating large numbers of professionals, particularly in developing countries, is a lack of trained teachers. To meet this challenge, UNESCO commissioned the development of ...


Different Degrees Of Blending Benefit Students Differently: A Pilot Study, Chang Tik Chan, Yit Yan Koh Jan 2008

Different Degrees Of Blending Benefit Students Differently: A Pilot Study, Chang Tik Chan, Yit Yan Koh

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We are constantly seeking for the best method to teach our students. Lecture style which is in existence for many years is still applicable to a certain extent. The birth of personal computer and Internet has resulted in wide spectrum of instructional strategies taking advantage of these two wonders. One of them is blended learning. The model used in this experiment has online and offline modes. For the online mode we used forum discussions to replace face-to-face instructions. Lecturers are introduced to various online activities that they can choose from in the forum discussions. One of the important aspects of ...


Living Cases: Authentic Learning In Action, Dieter Fink Jan 2008

Living Cases: Authentic Learning In Action, Dieter Fink

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The paper outlines the merit of using case studies in teaching, such as providing real life examples to contextualise theoretical concepts and shifting the emphasis from teacher-centred to more studentcentred activities. While there are a variety of case types the material they provide is traditionally static. However, in real life, solutions are affected by changed circumstances reflecting a volatile environment. Hence, the paper reports on the approach of using a ‗living‘ case where students are confronted with teacher-initiated interventions while solving the case. The specific case was that of a university deciding to make, purchase or outsource an Information Technology ...


The Teacher – Technology Balance In Business Case Teaching: A Student Perspective, Dieter Fink Jan 2008

The Teacher – Technology Balance In Business Case Teaching: A Student Perspective, Dieter Fink

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This research investigated students‘ preferences for completing business case studies online compared to face-to-face. The research model was based on the ‗cognitive‘ dimensions of Henri (1992) and the ‗reflective thinking‘ types of Mezirow (1991) against which the activities in case learning were charted. Data was collected through a questionnaire involving postgraduate business students. The findings indicated that, to gain understanding of the case, students prefer material in multimedia form but overall the physical approach was preferred, particular the use of class discussions. When analysing and solving the case problem, the physical and online approaches were more balanced. When developing recommendations ...


Teaching Sustainable Stormwater Management Using Project Based Learning, Niranjali Jayasuriya Jan 2008

Teaching Sustainable Stormwater Management Using Project Based Learning, Niranjali Jayasuriya

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Project Based Learning (PBL) is increasingly becoming popular as a teaching aid in many universities across Australia. The theory associated with the Stormwater Management course is taught to students by solving practical problems associated with real life situations. Persistent drought has resulted in treating stormwater as a valuable resource when securing sustainable water futures for capital cities across Australia; including Melbourne. Based on feedback from potential employers of Civil and Environmental Engineering graduates the Stormwater Management course at RMIT University was reorganized to be structured around a major stormwater project to facilitate learning. The project involves arrangements to manage stormwater ...


Virtual-Based Training And Creative Thinking In Higher-Level Education, Kalayanee Jitgarun, Anuvat Tongsakul, Sopon Meejaleurn Jan 2008

Virtual-Based Training And Creative Thinking In Higher-Level Education, Kalayanee Jitgarun, Anuvat Tongsakul, Sopon Meejaleurn

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The purpose of the study reported on in this paper was to determine if Virtual-Based Training (VBT) could be used to develop students‘ abilities in creative thinking (CT). The sample was 26 second year undergraduate students from four different faculties at King Mongkut‘s University of Technology, Thonburi, Thailand selected by simple random sampling technique. Participants were divided into two groups: an experimental group consisting of 13 students (11 engineering students, and 2 architect students); a control group composed of 13 students (5 engineering students, 1 science student, and 7 industrial education and technology students). Both groups had similar background ...


The Development And Evaluation Of A Computer Instruction Package Using Multimedia For Teaching About Musical Instruments In Elementary School In Thailand, Paiboon Kiattikomol, Pairoaj Tiranathanagul, Soatwanee Prachayagringkai Jan 2008

The Development And Evaluation Of A Computer Instruction Package Using Multimedia For Teaching About Musical Instruments In Elementary School In Thailand, Paiboon Kiattikomol, Pairoaj Tiranathanagul, Soatwanee Prachayagringkai

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In this paper, the authors present a study aimed at developing and evaluating a self-learning Computer Instruction Package CIP with multimedia. The evaluation focused on the quality of the multimedia, learning effectiveness as well as on students‘ satisfaction. The CIP was designed for the teaching of musical instruments to students in grades 4 and 5 in Thailand. The sample group consisted of 40 students randomly selected from grades 4 and 5 at a public school in Bangkok, Thailand. The CIP development process included five main steps: content analysis; instructional design; prototyping; implementation and; evaluation. The CIP‘s quality was evaluated ...


Attitudes Toward Teacher Styles And Teaching Styles In An International Business Management Program: Case Study Comparison, Ruchirat Patanathabutr Jan 2008

Attitudes Toward Teacher Styles And Teaching Styles In An International Business Management Program: Case Study Comparison, Ruchirat Patanathabutr

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The researcher utilized a descriptive method of research, and the data was interpreted, analysed, discussed and presented by using the descriptive-analytical one. The objective was to identify the teacher styles and the teaching styles that encourage lifelong learning in an International Business Management (IBM) program comparing a native English-speaking university (Whitworth University, USA) with a non-native English-speaking one (Payap University, Thailand). The results showed that satisfactory teacher styles and teaching styles encouraged students toward lifelong learning. The styles have to be equally balanced between teacher styles: teacher-oriented method, task participation of students, and independent study, and teaching styles: based on ...


Moving Beyond National Borders: Globalization, Higher Education, And International Politics, Reza Simbar Jan 2008

Moving Beyond National Borders: Globalization, Higher Education, And International Politics, Reza Simbar

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Globalization has at least four far reaching implications for higher education. First is the constriction of monies available for discretionary activities, such as post secondary education. Second is the growing importance of techno science and fields closely involved with the markets, particularly the international markets? Third is the tightening relationship between multinational corporations and state agencies concerned with product development and innovations. Fourth is the increased focus of multinationals and established industrial countries on global intellectual property strategies. This paper argues interconnections among globalization, higher education and international politics, their different impacts and implications. In this paper the author offers ...


Cross-Cultural Perspectives Of Knowledge Sharing For Different Virtual Classroom Environments: A Case Study Of Thai Students In Thai And Australian Universities, N Thongprasert, J M. Cross Jan 2008

Cross-Cultural Perspectives Of Knowledge Sharing For Different Virtual Classroom Environments: A Case Study Of Thai Students In Thai And Australian Universities, N Thongprasert, J M. Cross

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Collaborative learning has been accepted as an effective learning style that can enhance students‘ and instructors‘ ability to create knowledge and develop understanding. To enhance an effective collaboration learning environment needs the sharing of similar knowledge, background and experience through information communication technologies (ICT). There are a number of ways in which culture influences the use of these information technologies. The cultural characteristics, which can be viewed as the influencing factors on knowledge sharing in a virtual classroom, are power distance, uncertainty avoidance, individualism and collectivism. The main purpose of this study was to investigate how the differences in cultural ...


Computerized Adaptive Testing In Mathematics For Primary Schools In Thailand, Chaowprapha Chuesathuchon Jan 2008

Computerized Adaptive Testing In Mathematics For Primary Schools In Thailand, Chaowprapha Chuesathuchon

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A new system-wide educational change has been introduced in Thailand requiring, amongst other things, that technologies for education be utilized in all levels of education. This study focuses on Mathematics Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) designed to provide Thai primary school teachers with an innovative method of assessment, one of the effective tools of new technology to be used in Thai primary schools. This study aims to: (1) construct multiple-choice test items for a Mathematics course on the topic of Equations for Year 6 (Prathom Suksa 6) students in Thailand; (2) calibrate the test items using a Rasch Measurement Model, investigate ...