Enhancing Skills of Application Software via Web-Enabled Problem-Based Learning and Self-Regulated Learning: An Exploratory Study

Enhancing Skills of Application Software via Web-Enabled Problem-Based Learning and Self-Regulated Learning: An Exploratory Study

Pei-Di Shen (Ming Chuan University, Taiwan), Tsang-Hsiung Lee (National Chengchi University, Taiwan) and Chia-Wen Tsai (Ming Chuan University, Taiwan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-963-7.ch036
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Abstract

The computer software education in vocational schools in Taiwan can hardly be deemed as effective. To increase students’ learning motivation and develop practical skills, innovative learning designs such as problem-basedlearning(PBL) and self-regulated learning (SRL) are on trial in this specific context. We conducted a series of quasi-experiments to examine effects of these designs mediated by a web-based learning environment. Two classes of 106 freshmen in a semester course at Institute of Technology in Taiwan were chosen for this empirical study. Result sreveal that effects of web-enabled PBL, web-enabled SRL, andtheir combinations, on students’ skills of applicationsoftware have significant differences. The implications of this study are alsodiscussed.

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