An Exploratory Study Was Conducted to Evaluate a Web-Based Learning Module for Teaching Geographic Information Systems to Civil Engineering Students within the Context of a Problem Related to Crash Data Analysis. This Module is One Part of a National Science Foundation Course, Curricula, and Laboratory Improvement Project in Which GIS Modules Are Being Developed for Several Areas of Civil Engineering. the Module Was Used as a Laboratory Assignment in a Transportation Engineering Course. Two Days Later Students Completed Both an Objective Multiple-Choice Quiz over the Material Covered in the Lab and a Subjective Questionnaire. Quantitative Analysis Was Carried Out on the Quiz Answers and the Likert Scale Portion of the Questionnaire. a Qualitative Grounded-Theory Open-Coding Analysis Was Applied to the Open-Ended Questionnaire Items. This Analysis Provided More Detail Regarding the Perceived Usefulness of the Module. Combined Analysis Revealed a Link between Students' Perceived Usefulness of the Material and their Motivation to Learn. Analysis Also Supported the Learning Tool's Effectiveness and Justified its Further Implementation and Investigation. © American Society for Engineering Education, 2010.


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Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

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01 Jan 2010