An E-Learning System Based on the Top Down Method and the Cellular Models

An E-Learning System Based on the Top Down Method and the Cellular Models

Norihiro Fujii (Hosie University, Japan), Shuichi Yikita (Hosie University, Japan), Nobuhiko Koike (Hosie University, Japan) and Tosiyasu L. Kunii (IT Institute of Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-376-0.ch002
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Abstract

As the broadband connectivity to the Internet becomes common, Web-based e-learning and distance learning have come to play the central roles for self-learning, where learners are given much flexibility in choosing the place and time to study. However, the learners still have to spend a lot of time before reaching the learning goal. This discourages the learner to continue their studies and diminishes their motivations. To overcome this problem and to let the learners keep focusing on their primary interests, we propose a top-down e-learning system called TDeLS. The TDeLS can offer learners the learning materials based on the top-down (i.e., goal-oriented) method, according to the learners’ demands and purposes. Moreover, the TDeLS can distribute them to the learners through the Internet, and manage the database for learning materials. In order to share learning materials among learners through the Web, these learning materials are wrapped in XML with a specially designed vocabulary for TDeLS. We employed the cellular models that ensure the consistency among design modules and support a top-down design methodology. In this chapter, we present the TDeLS for hardware logic design courses based on the cellular models. The primary goal is to design complex logic circuits in VerilogHDL which is an industrial-standard hardware description language. This chapter also presents the basic XML vocabulary designed to describe hardware modules efficiently, and a brief introduction to the structure and functions of the proposed system, which implements the TDeLS.

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Preface
Timothy K. Shih, Jason Hung
Chapter 1
Timothy K. Shih, Jason C. Hung, Jianhua Ma, Qun Jin
Distance education, e-learning, and virtual university are similar terms for a trend of modern education. It is an integration of information... Sample PDF
A Survey of Distance Education Challenges and Technologies
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Chapter 2
Norihiro Fujii, Shuichi Yikita, Nobuhiko Koike, Tosiyasu L. Kunii
As the broadband connectivity to the Internet becomes common, Web-based e-learning and distance learning have come to play the central roles for... Sample PDF
An E-Learning System Based on the Top Down Method and the Cellular Models
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Chapter 3
George Yee, Yuefei Xu, Larry Korba, Khalil El-Khatib
For a variety of advantages, universities and other organizations are resorting to e-learning to provide instruction online. While many advances... Sample PDF
Privacy and Security in E-Learning
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Chapter 4
Yao-Chung Chang, M. T. Lin, Han-Chieh Chao, Jiann-Liang Chen
In recent years, the prevalence of Internet and wireless technology has promoted mobile communications as a major research area. For the future... Sample PDF
Bluetooth Scatternet Using an Ad Hoc Bridge Node Routing Protocal for Outdoor Distance Education
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Chapter 5
Akio Koyama, Leonard Barolli
In this chapter, a campus information providing system (CIPS) for cellular phones is proposed. By using this system, the search time to find the... Sample PDF
Ubiquitous Agent-Based Campus Information Providing System for Cellular Phones
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Chapter 6
T. Arndt, S. K. Chang, A. Guerico, P. Maresca
Multimedia software engineering (MSE) is a new frontier for both software engineering (SE) and visual languages (VL). In fact, multimedia software... Sample PDF
An XML-Based Approach to Multimedia Engineering for Distance Learning
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Chapter 7
Hongen Lu
Web-based learning plays an important role in modern teaching environment. Many Web based tools are becoming available on this huge marketplace.... Sample PDF
Open Multi-Agent Systems for Collaborative Web-Based Learning
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Chapter 8
Gwo-Jen Hwang
With the recent rapid progress of network technology, researchers have attempted to adopt artificial intelligence and use computer networks to... Sample PDF
Concept Effect Model: An Effective Approach to Developing Adaptive Hypermedia Systems
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Chapter 9
Chyi-Ren Dow, Yi-Hsung Li, Jin-Yu Bai
This work designs and implements a virtual digital signal processing laboratory, VDSPL. VDSPL consists of four parts: mobile agent execution... Sample PDF
A Virtual Laboratory for Digital Signal Processing
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Chapter 10
Interactive E-Learning  (pages 189-202)
Claude Ghaoui, W. A. Janvier
This chapter introduces the concept of improving student memory retention using a distance learning tool by establishing the student’s communication... Sample PDF
Interactive E-Learning
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Chapter 11
Jin-Tan Yang, Pao Ta Yu, Nian Shing Chen, Chun Yen Tsai, Chi-Chin Lee, Timothy K. Shih
The purpose of this study is to conduct teachers to author a teaching material by using visualized domain ontology as scaffolding. Based on a... Sample PDF
Using Ontology as Scaffolding for Authoring Teaching Materials
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Chapter 12
Daniel Tiong Hok Tan, Chye Seng Lee, Wee Sen Goh
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The Next Generation of E-Learning: Strategies for Media Rich Online Teaching and Engaged Learning
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Chapter 13
Ching-Jung Liao, Jin-Tan Yang
In this study, a SCORM-compliant ubiquitous learning grid was constructed by using the grid services technologies combined with CC/PP. The purpose... Sample PDF
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K. T. Sun, D. S. Feng
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A Distance Learning System for Teaching the Writing of Chinese Characters Over the Internet
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Chapter 15
Timothy K. Shih, Qing Li, Jason C. Hung
In the last chapter, we discuss how advanced multimedia technologies are used in distance learning systems, including multimedia authoring and... Sample PDF
Future Directions of Multimedia Technologies in E-Learning
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