Developing a Hypertext GUIDE Program for Teaching the Simple Tasks of Maintaining and Troubleshooting the Educational Equipments

Developing a Hypertext GUIDE Program for Teaching the Simple Tasks of Maintaining and Troubleshooting the Educational Equipments

Kamel Hussein Rahouma (Minia University, Egypt) and Peter Zinterhof (University of Salzburg, Austria)
Copyright: © 2002 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-93070-840-2.ch005


The educational technologists (ETs) are needed in all the stages of the teaching and learning processes at all the educational levels. In these processes, they become responsible for the used educational equipment (EE). To perform their roles effectively, they should acquire the simple maintenance and troubleshooting (MaT) tasks of the used equipment. The hypertext GUIDE system has been used to implement a hypertext program for this purpose. A list of the commonly used EEs and their simple MaT tasks was first collected and then validated. The list includes 81 MaT items divided into 11 groups and each group represents one or a group of the EEs. The first group includes seven general MaT tasks of the EEs. The following 10 groups regard the simple MaT tasks of the projectors (11 items), the audio and video cassette recorders and players (6 items), the normal television (4 items), the photographic camera (5 items), the microfiche (9 items), the photocopiers (7 items), the audio mixers (5 items), the personal computers (8 items for hardware and 8 items for software), the speakers-headphones-microphones (8 items) and the lighting devices (3 items). An explorational study showed that there is a common view between the Arab and non-Arab experts in the fields of education and educational technology regarding the importance of the listed equipment and its simple MaT tasks which should be acquired by the ETs. The list was programmed in a hypertext program that has been validated. The program was applied on a group of educational technology students, faculty of specific education, Minia University, Egypt. A special test for evaluating the program effectiveness was also designed, validated and applied to the study sample. The test results showed the effectiveness of the designed program in acquiring the simple MaT tasks of the EEs. The study has concluded some main points and suggested some useful recommendations and future work points. Important note: A copy of all the materials of this chapter including the validated list of EEs and their simple MaT tasks, the achievement test, and the hypertext program, can be requested from the first author who hold the copyrights for the materials.

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