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Web-Based Training: An Applicable Tool for Engineering Education

Web-Based Training: An Applicable Tool for Engineering Education
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Author(s): Masoumeh Valizadeh (University of Guilan, Iran), Giancarlo Anzelotti (University of Parma, Italy) and Sedigheh Salehi (Bekaert, Kortrijk, Belgium)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 13
Source title: Web-Based Engineering Education: Critical Design and Effective Tools
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Donna Russell (University of Missouri at Kansas City, USA) and A.K. Haghi (University of Guilan, Iran)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-659-9.ch014

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Abstract

Today, the World Wide Web and Internet technologies are the main support for modern communication. Hence, a vast amount of information is available for students at any level. In this chapter, Web based training (WBT) is described as an efficient tool for engineering education. The benefits of using WBT as a replacement or complementary tool for traditional educational systems and its limitation are discussed. The education process is supposed to shape a professional who possesses not only scientific knowledge, but also exhibits a special set of personal features which includes being curious, innovative, and capable of teamwork. The question is whether distance education is capable of doing that without personal contact. The chapter argues that WBT can provide efficient tools such as forums, discussion boards, and video conference facilities.

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