Content Engineering Agent: A TBL-Based E-Course Development Tool with TQM
B. S.N. Cheung (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong), L. C.K. Hui (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong), S. M. Yiu (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong), J. K.W. Lee (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong), L. K. Kwok (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong) and Kenneth Leung (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Copyright: © 2008
With the advance in Internet technology, “e-learning” becomes an alternative means of learning and teaching, and is currently an active research topic in both IT and education professionals. However, to make “e-learning” an effective learning mode, besides technology, the issue of pedagogy and quality control are equally important. Most of the existing e-learning platforms and tools usually focus on the technology aspect without much investigation on the pedagogical issues and the quality control on the e-learning material. In fact, there is still a big gap between pedagogy and technology. The SPACE Online Universal Learning (SOUL) platform is designed to fill this gap and provide an effective e-Learning platform for e-course providers and students. In particular, the content engineering agent of the platform is designed for e-course development, which is based on the Task-Based Learning (TBL) curriculum development framework and is incorporated with the concept of Total Quality Management (TQM), a well-known technique in quality control. In this paper, we discuss the details of this content engineering agent and show how TBL and TQM are incorporated in the agent. As a remark, the content engineering agent has already been integrated in the SOUL platform, which is being used by more than 17,000 students and teachers. A preliminary evaluation on the usefulness of the Content Engineering agent has been performed and the result is positive.