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A Self-Taught Computer Engineering Course

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Nick Coleman, Professor David Kinniment, Dr Frank Burns, Dr Albert Koelmans



The application of computer-aided-learning as a direct replacement for, as opposed to an adjunct to lecturing, is still in its infancy in higher education. This paper examines some of the reasons for its slow uptake and then describes a project to develop courseware for a large proportion of the Electronic Engineering syllabus within several UK Higher Education Institutions. The first modules to be completed cover the area of Computer Engineering. We describe the philosophy and design of this courseware, and then report a series of tests in which the examination performance of students using it was compared with that of control groups taught in traditional lectures. The results clearly suggest that carefully-designed courseware can lead to a large reduction in teaching time, with no significant difference in learning.

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Author(s): Coleman JN, Kinniment DJ, Burns FP, Koelmans AM

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Department of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 1996

Pages: 7

Print publication date: 01/03/1996

Source Publication Date: March 1996

Report Number: 546

Institution: Department of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne