Design and Evaluation of a Web-Based Courseware for Higher Institutions
Abstract: The performance of previous students in a second year course in a Bachelor of Engineering programme in Nigeria revealed a consistently high failure rate. The causes were attributed to a variety of suspected factors, including large class sizes, paucity of infrastructural facilities, passive learning and overdependence on lecturers. Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) was explored as a means of overcoming these challenges. A web-based courseware was designed, implemented and evaluated in student groups. The unexpected results obtained showed that the students who learned in the traditional way performed marginally (P = 0.69) better than the TEL students. The result inversion was explained in terms of the effort and time demands placed on the learner to independently master and apply the new learning technology, and the paucity of supporting infrastructure for TEL. The study concluded that the desired positive effects of TEL on student performance are not instantaneous, but require time to occur and mature.
Presider: Berhane Teclehaimanot, University of Toledo