Masters Theses

Abstract

"An evaluation of a web-based e-learning system to facilitate integration of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) into the Civil Engineering curriculum was conducted. The principal goals of the evaluation were to examine the effectiveness of the learning system and to develop a preliminary model to describe how students interact with the learning system. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected from 80 students who participated in a geotechnical engineering laboratory session, which covered soil borrow sites. Students rated the laboratory session as significantly more effective for learning, a nd more motivational than the class text. They also rated the lab significantly more applicable to real world learning than both their text books and class lecture. Furthermore, students rated their knowledge about the subject area significantly higher after the laboratory session than before. Qualitative analysis indicated that students were motivated to use the system in order to acquire a general understanding of GIS, to develop a better understanding of GIS functionalities, and as a method for ongoing review of GIS"--Abstract, page iii.

Advisor(s)

Hall, Richard H.

Committee Member(s)

Sheng, Hong
Hilgers, Michael Gene

Department(s)

Business and Information Technology

Degree Name

M.S. in Information Science and Technology

Sponsor(s)

National Science Foundation (U.S.)

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2009

Pagination

viii, 71 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 44-46).

Rights

© 2009 Basanta Bahadur Tandon, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type

text

Language

English

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Geographic information systems
Grounded theory
Instructional systems -- Case studies -- Design
Qualitative research

Thesis Number

T 9587

Print OCLC #

631787239

Electronic OCLC #

752208230

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