Show simple item record Kanyarusoke, K.E. Uziak, J. 2010-09-29T13:39:12Z 2010-09-29T13:39:12Z 2009
dc.identifier.citation Kanyarusoke, K.E. & Uziak, J. (2009) Spreadsheets: the ideal tool for distance learning in Engineering education, Computer Applications in Engineering Education, Vol. 17, No. 4, pp. 363-483 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1099-0542 (Online)
dc.identifier.issn 1061-3773 (Print)
dc.description.abstract Formal Engineering Education has traditionally been delivered using the low technology—high touch lecturing method, in which the lecturer and student meet face to face. Distance education in this field has been quite slow to develop primarily because of difficulty in delivery of practical based instructions and problems on integrity of assessments. Developments in information technology and the increased demand for further education by people already in employment have however changed this even in developing countries. It puts extra demand on Lecturers to guide distance learners in handling numerical computations so prevalent in Engineering. At the campuses, computer based methods are available in the high touch—high tech lecture method. High level and efficient computer software is used to help the student to simulate and solve some problems. However, such software is expensive—and therefore—not readily available to the distant learner. Spreadsheets on the other hand are almost universal on today’s computers and they bridge the gap between hand calculations and high level programme computations. This paper therefore makes a case for the use of spreadsheets in Distance Engineering Education. An example in Spring Design, Selection and Adaptation is used to illustrate the simplification and other advantages of their use by practicing distance learners. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Wiley Periodicals Inc. en_US
dc.subject Spreadsheets en_US
dc.subject Practicing distance learner en_US
dc.subject Digital divide en_US
dc.subject Compression spring static design en_US
dc.subject Component reverse engineering en_US
dc.subject University-industry cooperation en_US
dc.title Spreadsheets: the ideal tool for distance learning in Engineering education en_US
dc.type Published Article en_US en_US

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