Blended Learning in Engineering Curricula through the Meaningful Use of ICT Tools

Blended Learning in Engineering Curricula through the Meaningful Use of ICT Tools

Yih-Ruey Juang (Jinwen University of Science and Technology, Taiwan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-869-2.ch015

Abstract

Blended learning, which combines various ICT tools into conventional face-to-face classroom activities, has proved to be more effective in enhancing the learners’ motivation, communication skills and learning achievement than teaching by employing a single approach. The meaningful use of ICT tools is critical to the successful promotion and implementation of blended learning. This case introduces a study of blended learning using the WIRE model that links pre-class warm-up, interaction in class, and review as well as post-class exercises into a continuous learning experience with basic to advanced mental skills. The WIRE model has been experimented in the Department of Information Management of a university of science and technology in Taiwan. The findings from the learning achievement, questionnaire, and focus group interview revealed some significant differences between the experimental and control groups in the degree of motivation, interaction between teacher and students, and collaboration among students. The WIRE model can thus help enhance learning motivation, interaction between teacher and students and among students, and learning achievement.
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Introduction To The Wire Model

The WIRE model is an instructional model for implementing blended learning and suggests that the instructional design should include the following three essential elements throughout the process of instruction:

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