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Computer‐based laboratory simulation: Evaluations of student perceptions

By Norrie Edward

Abstract

Providing resources to meet the needs of oil workers who miss blocks of an engineering course was the motivation for producing computer‐based simulations of laboratory equipment. This paper reports on student perceptions of various aspects of the package. The factors are grouped into (i) motivation and support, and (ii) presentations and interaction. A schematic representation of the controls and instrumentation was used. Two classes, engineers and non‐engineers, were the pilot groups. The engineers clearly preferred laboratories, whereas the non‐engineers were just as happy with the simulation. The results of the survey suggest that while computer‐based simulation may be an alternative to laboratories, even the best alternative, much is lost as a result. Practical appreciation and team‐working skills are not well developed The schematic presentation is easy to use, but gives the student little ‘feel’ for the operation of a real plant

Topics: LB Theory and practice of education, LC1022 - 1022.25 Computer-assisted Education
Publisher: Universit of Wales Press
Year: 1996
DOI identifier: 10.1080/0968776960040306
OAI identifier: oai:generic.eprints.org:221/core5

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