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Title: Computer Aided Engineering Education (CAEE) Scheme design, development & implementation
Author: Onime, Clement Ehimika Ohirime
ISNI:       0000 0004 7653 093X
Awarding Body: Ulster University
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2015
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Engineering education is about the process or art of teaching engineering skills or tech­nology and more importantly, developing individuals to become professional engineers capable of maintaining, improving, innovating or creating technologies. Engineers, as end products of engineering programmes that include non-trivial hands-on or labo­ratory/practical components, are important contributors to national social-economic and technical developments. Two global challenges affecting engineering education are educating/inspiring the “modem” learner or student, who is less open to traditional teaching/learning methods and providing adequate training to increasingly larger pop­ulations of learners or students. This thesis documents a multi-disciplinary research project on the design, development and implementation of a Computer Aided Engi­neering Education (CAEE) scheme that seeks to address these challenges through the use of emerging technologies. The designed CAEE scheme consists of two distinct yet interrelated components capable of maintaining existing standards and criteria for achieving learning effectiveness. Four prototypes (1 classroom and 3 laboratory com­ponents) were developed/implemented and tested, that illustrate the scheme’s novel ability to replicate both face-to-face classroom lessons and step-by-step procedures of hands-on laboratory experiments into functional electronic versions that are also completely usable off-line. A cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary, multi-national research study using a purposely designed instrument was carried out to investigate the use, acceptance and net-effects of emerging technologies (interactive video/augmented re­ality) in higher-education environments from developing countries. The results show the GAEEscheme is a,highly customizable; flexible and versatile educational-aid capa­ble of positively improving learner understanding/comprehension with low associated- costs. This thesis work contributes to improving research knowledge and know-how in the sectors of engineering education, mobile augmented reality, on-line laboratories, e-learning and distance education.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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