A new courseware diagram for quantitative measurement of distance learning courses

Flora Chia I. Chang, Lun Ping Hung, Timothy K. Shih

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Web-based distance learning provides a flexible environment for students, but there is a lack of interaction between students and the instructor. To overcome this drawback, we propose a systematic assessment mechanism to enhance interaction between both sides and to maximize student learning performance. This mechanism is presented by means of a new courseware diagrams, which combines useful tools provided by the theory of conceptual map and influence diagram. There are two major aspects to our proposed new courseware diagram. First, a course flow chart can be built systematically and students, learning performance can be improved by having them take different levels of remedial courses based on their performance. Second, through the analysis of students' learning performance, the course content can be adjusted to maximize students' learning results. Finally, this mechanism can be easily used by instructors and students because of its user-friendly interface; in addition, allows the instructor to receive prompt feedback from students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)989-1014
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Information Science and Engineering
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2003


  • Conceptual map
  • Courseware diagram
  • Influence diagram
  • Remedial course
  • Systematic assessment mechanism


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