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Theme: Transition and Adjustment

Web Based Teaching and Learning System for First Year Engineering Computing

M J Boyd and E Y Baafi
Faculty of Engineering, University of Wollongong
Wollongong. NSW 2522

The world-wide-web provides a powerful medium for flexible learning. Features of the web which can be utilised include the provision of up to date information on courses of study, student advice, general messages to students, and most importantly, web based teaching and learning. First year civil, mining and environmental engineering students at the University of Wollongong take CIVL196 Engineering Computing 1 in the first session. The subject is their introduction to computing in engineering and has been developed into one which is fully web based and provides exciting and effective teaching and learning. The web-based delivery of the subject has achieved several desirable goals. It has provided an introduction to the University's web based computer facilities. Additionally, the subject is integrated with the University's Student Management Package, which allows students to access their continuous marks, submit their assignments online and provides immediate feedback to students. The Computer Based Training component of the system has provided a flexible mode of delivery and student self learning, with students able to work at their pace and in their own time; the students quickly become proficient in the use of WINDOWS, WORD97 and EXCEL97. This approach has also improved the interaction between first year students and the subject lecturers.

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