The principles of computer-based training as an instructional tool for teaching stability and control of aircraft
Nicholas C. Pente, California State University, Long Beach, United States
California State University, Long Beach . Awarded
Textbooks limit students to a two-dimensional graphic perspective for solving the motion of an airplane. The best way to illustrate motion is to show a three-dimensional (3D) animated movie. The purpose of this research is to create a computer-based training (CBT) program to teach students about stability and control of aircraft. The main feature of the program is to show a movie of an airplane's motion. These movies are three-dimensional and illustrate the different modes of flight. In the movie, the airplane's motion is determined by stability equations and is derived from a stability and control textbook.
The program is designed as a computer-based training tool and used as a supplement for traditional instruction. Computer-based training has existed as a training medium for several decades and many studies have been conducted regarding its effectiveness. The conclusions of the studies show that there are three main principles regarding a good instructional design. These principles are structure, interaction, and feedback. Good design enhances learning by providing an optimum level of interactivity and learner control as students master course content. Students can use learner control features to proceed at their own pace, review screens if necessary, practice a procedure until it becomes automatic, and monitor and control their progress.
Pente, N.C. The principles of computer-based training as an instructional tool for teaching stability and control of aircraft. Master's thesis, California State University, Long Beach.
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