Development of flexible education systems for technology students : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Technology in Computer Systems Engineering at Massey University
The pressures on educational institutions to keep pace with the changes in educational theory and technology are growing rapidly. There is now more competition between education providers, especially in the tertiary and career training sectors, this has meant that students and industry is demanding more input into the education process. As a result a more flexible approach is being taken to the delivery of courses. This thesis describes the development and implementation of a flexible learning approach applied to technology related subjects. It addresses the work carried out in relation to a specific aspect of the Bachelor of Technology degree as taught at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. Issues have been addressed in educational programme design, material presentation, and a major focus for implementation has been computer mediated assessment mechanisms. A guide has been developed to assist the educator in increasingly applying flexibility to subjects undertaken within the Bachelor of Technology degree reflecting the specific needs of the New Zealand industrial and educational sectors. Key words: Flexible education, flexible learning, computer mediated education, computer assisted learning, computer simulation is assessment, computerised marking, computer mediated assessment.