Paper Abstracts 1 & 2
eScience, Science Education and Technology Integration in the Classroom: Some Practical Considerations
Dawn Woodgate and Danae Stanton Fraser, Department of Psychology, University of Bath
Abstract: Our purpose here is threefold: to consider what might be meant by eScience in the context of school science education, to briefly review some relevant theories of learning, and to present some of the practical issues and constraints of working in schools, from our own research experience. We conclude by underlining the position that ICT is still taught as a separate ‘subject’ in most schools, rather than being fully integrated into the curriculum. Even though both teachers and students may be fully conversant users of technology outside the confines of the classroom, the apparent lack of fit between technology and aspects of the school setting and organisation remains problematic.
Evolution of a Remote Access Facility for a PLL Measurement Course
M. J. Burbidge, Lancaster University and I. Grout, Limerick University
Abstract: This paper describes motivations for the further development of an existing remote access facility for use in teaching and learning of microelectronic circuit design and test principles. Initial development was based upon adaptation of ‘at presence’ material for use with an existing remote access laboratory based upon a standard internet link. The selected course material for adaptation was a PLL (phase-locked loop) circuit. Initially, the remote lab interface was developed with minimal modifications to the existing hardware and the process produced satisfactory results in terms of enhancement of the learning / teaching experience. However, it was evident that some aspects of the course material could be enhanced via appropriate modifications to the existing hardware and software framework. The goal is to work towards a blended learning infrastructure. The paper thus provides observations on the initial course development and then provides details of suggested and ongoing modifications to the material.