Blending learning tools for reinforced concrete design
Glaucia Mello, Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Brazil ; Jose Marcio Calixto, Elizabeth Maia, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in New Orleans, LA, USA ISBN 978-1-939797-12-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
This study presents an analysis of the influence of ConcWeb online virtual environment on the learning process for reinforced concrete design. To access this influence, data was collected and a longitudinal study was conducted to obtain the results. The data set was composed of the students' academic information, homework evaluations, analysis of the solution for three classroom exams and responses to a questionnaires. The answers to the exams were converted into right or wrong type answers, and then fitted according to the Rasch model for dichotomous data. This analysis led to three measurement scales of student’s performance that were adjusted to hierarchical linear models in order to describe the students’ learning trajectories. The results show a positive influence of ConcWeb in the students’ learning process. And, since the students are stimulated to access the virtual environment, ConcWeb is a great tool to assist them in the process of learning reinforced concrete design.
Mello, G., Calixto, J.M. & Maia, E. (2014). Blending learning tools for reinforced concrete design. In T. Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning (pp. 1320-1329). New Orleans, LA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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