Effectiveness of Computer Assisted Laboratory Instructions: Learning Outcomes Analysis

By Salah Mahdi Abdulrasool, Rakesh Mishra, John Fieldhouse, Steve Ward and John McComish.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This study investigates the impact of computer assisted instructions on learning effectiveness in computer aided design and manufacturing modules which are integral to mechanical engineering related courses. These courses require learners to understand and know the basics of design and manufacturing processes as well as use specialist software and CNC machines. Use of computer assisted instructions enables learner to grasp complex information in an easier way because of the embedded visual element in such instructions. To quantify the effect of integration of computers in traditional teaching three groups of students were exposed to different teaching methodologies as given below.1.Traditional classroom lecturing and laboratory work in classroom.2.Traditional teaching with supervised exposure to available computer simulation. 3.Traditional teaching with un-supervised exposure to available computer simulation. At the end of teaching learning process these students has been evaluated for their proficiency in CAD/CAM/CNC applications. The learning outcomes the students have been measured using blooms taxonomy in knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation cognition levels. The analysis of the data indicates that groups exposed to computer assisted instructions performed better than the group taught using traditional teaching method. Further supervised exposure to computer simulations gave better results as compared to unsupervised exposure to computers.

Keywords: Computer Technology, Numerical Control Machine, Computer Aided Drawing, Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM/CNC)

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 8, pp.197-210. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.368MB).

Salah Mahdi Abdulrasool

Ph.D Researcher Student, School of Computing and Engineering, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK

This study investigates the impact of computer assisted instructions on learning effectiveness in computer aided design and manufacturing modules which are integral to mechanical engineering related courses. These courses require learners to understand and know the basics of design and manufacturing processes as well as use specialist software and CNC machines. Use of computer assisted instructions enables learner to grasp complex information in an easier way because of the embedded visual element in such instructions. To quantify the effect of integration of computers in traditional teaching three groups of students were exposed to different teaching methodologies as given below. 1.Traditional classroom lecturing and laboratory work in classroom. 2.Traditional teaching with supervised exposure to available computer simulation. 3.Traditional teaching with un-supervised exposure to available computer simulation. At the end of teaching learning process these students has been evaluated for their proficiency in CAD/CAM/CNC applications. The learning outcomes the students have been measured using blooms taxonomy in knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation cognition levels. The analysis of the data indicates that groups exposed to computer assisted instructions performed better than the group taught using traditional teaching method. Further supervised exposure to computer simulations gave better results as compared to unsupervised exposure to computers.

Dr. Rakesh Mishra

University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK

Dr. John Fieldhouse

University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK

Dr. Steve Ward

University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK

John McComish

University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK


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