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    Degree Extension for Technicians (DEFT)


    Devitt, F. and Monaghan, K. and Ringwood, John and Villing, Rudi and Ward, Tomas E. (2004) Degree Extension for Technicians (DEFT). In: Proceedings of the IASTED Conference On Web-Based Education, February 2004, Innsbruck, Austria.

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    Abstract

    The Degree Extension for Technicians (DEFT) programme addresses a particular niche in Irish engineering education by offering qualified technicians (currently working in Irish electronics industry) an opportunity to undertake, principally via the Internet, a flexible learning programme leading to a professional engineering degree. This paper addresses the various aspects that make such a mode of learning appropriate to the programme and also looks at the motivation behind the decision to develop a new virtual learning environment (VLE) in-house. The paper also documents the implementation of a challenging project schedule which brought the DEFT programme and VLE to fruition over a 10-month period. The current status of the project, together with experiences to date, conclude the paper.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Keywords: Remote learning; Internet; engineering education;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Electronic Engineering
    Item ID: 1315
    Depositing User: Dr Tomas Ward
    Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2009 16:11
    Refereed: Yes
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